jota

noun
jo·​ta | \ˈhōtə, -ō(ˌ)tä\
plural -s

Definition of jota 

1 : a Spanish folk dance in ³/₄ time performed by a man and a woman to intricate castanet and heel rhythms

2 : the music of the jota

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for jota

Spanish, probably from Old Spanish sota dance, from sotar to dance, from Latin saltare

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about jota

Dictionary Entries near jota

Josue

josup

jot

jota

Jotnian

jotter

jotting

Statistics for jota

Look-up Popularity

More from Merriam-Webster on jota

Spanish Central: Translation of jota

Comments on jota

What made you want to look up jota? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a nest or breeding place

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!