[ hoh-tuh; Spanish haw-tah ]
/ ˈhoʊ tə; Spanish ˈhɔ tɑ /

noun, plural jo·tas [hoh-tuh z; Spanish haw-tahs] /ˈhoʊ təz; Spanish ˈhɔ tɑs/.

a Spanish dance in triple meter, performed by a couple and marked by complex rhythms executed with the heels and castanets.
the music for this dance.

Origin of jota

1840–50; < Spanish, probably Old Spanish sota dance, derivative of sotar to dance < Latin saltāre Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for jota

/ (Spanish ˈxɔta) /


a Spanish dance with castanets in fast triple time, usually to a guitar and voice accompaniment

Word Origin for jota

Spanish, probably modification of Old Spanish sota, from sotar to dance, from Latin saltāre
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