odd lot


: a number or quantity other than the usual unit in transactions
especially : a quantity of less than 100 shares of stock

Examples of odd lot in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of odd lot was in 1858

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“Odd lot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odd%20lot. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition


1 of 2 adjective
: of, relating to, or being the type of worker considered under the odd-lot doctrine
an odd-lot worker without stable employment

odd lot

2 of 2 noun
: a quantity of stock that is less than the usual rounded amount (as 100 shares) compare round lot
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