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[kwoh-tuh] /ˈkwoʊ tə/
the share or proportional part of a total that is required from, or is due or belongs to, a particular district, state, person, group, etc.
a proportional part or share of a fixed total amount or quantity.
the number or percentage of persons of a specified kind permitted to enroll in a college, join a club, immigrate to a country, etc.
Origin of quota
1660-70; < Medieval Latin, short for Latin quota pars how great a part?
1. allotment, apportionment, allocation. Unabridged
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  • To this general excitement the strange case of Mr. Le Moyne had added its quota.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • In the Fourth ward, where he lives, there never was a man drafted to fill its quota.

  • And to get that blood every Apexan must yield his quota in the temple.

    The Heads of Apex Francis Flagg
  • He suddenly realized that he had exceeded his quota of questions, and that he could get into trouble.

    The Players Everett B. Cole
  • Every wood and field has its quota, and no place so barren but it has some bird to visit it.

British Dictionary definitions for quota


the proportional share or part of a whole that is due from, due to, or allocated to a person or group
a prescribed number or quantity, as of items to be manufactured, imported, or exported, immigrants admitted to a country, or students admitted to a college
Word Origin
C17: from Latin quota pars how big a share?, from quotus of what number
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Word Origin and History for quota

1660s, from Medieval Latin quota, from Latin quota pars "how large a part," from quota, fem. singular of quotus "which, what number (in sequence);" see quote (v.). Earliest reference is to contributions of soldiers or supplies levied from a town or district; immigration sense is from 1921.

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