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[kwoh-tey-shuh n] /kwoʊˈteɪ ʃən/
something that is quoted; a passage quoted from a book, speech, etc.:
a speech full of quotations from Lincoln's letters.
the act or practice of quoting.
  1. the statement of the current or market price of a commodity or security.
  2. the price so stated.
Origin of quotation
1525-35; 1810-15 for def 3; < Medieval Latin quotātiōn- (stem of quotātiō), equivalent to quotāt(us) (past participle of quotāre; see quote) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
prequotation, noun
self-quotation, noun
Can be confused
quotation, quote.
1. extract, citation, selection. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for quotation
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  • And that was the nearest the little adventuress ever came to making a Biblical quotation.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • But I can't go on with the quotation unless I turn it into 'You're slave to thousands.'

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • It is sometimes an epigram, and at worst it is never a quotation.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • In June, 1795, the quotation of the assignat oscillated violently.

    The Paper Moneys of Europe Francis W. Hirst
  • The minister had said "unattached," but Captain Obed did not offer to correct the quotation.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for quotation


a phrase or passage from a book, poem, play, etc, remembered and spoken, esp to illustrate succinctly or support a point or an argument
the act or habit of quoting from books, plays, poems, etc
(commerce) a statement of the current market price of a security or commodity
an estimate of costs submitted by a contractor to a prospective client; tender
(stock exchange) registration granted to a company or governmental body, enabling the shares and other securities of the company or body to be officially listed and traded
(printing) a large block of type metal that is less than type-high and is used to fill up spaces in type pages
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Word Origin and History for quotation

mid-15c., "numbering," later (1530s) "marginal notation," noun of action from quote (v.) or else from Medieval Latin quotationem (nominative quotatio), noun of action from past participle stem of quotare "to number." Meaning "an act of quoting" is from 1640s; that of "passage quoted" is from 1680s. Quotation marks attested by 1777.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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