ro·​ta | \ ˈrō-tə How to pronounce rota (audio) \

Definition of rota

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 capitalized [Medieval Latin, from Latin] : a tribunal of the papal curia exercising jurisdiction especially in matrimonial cases appealed from diocesan courts
2 chiefly British
a : a fixed order of rotation (as of persons or duties)
b : a roll or list of persons : roster


biographical name
Ro·​ta | \ ˈrō-(ˌ)tä How to pronounce Rota (audio) \

Definition of Rota (Entry 2 of 3)

Nino 1911–1979 Italian composer


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Ro·​ta | \ ˈrō-tə How to pronounce Rota (audio) \

Definition of Rota (Entry 3 of 3)

1 island in the western Pacific Ocean at the southern end of the Mariana Islands area 35 square miles (91 square kilometers)
2 town and port on the Atlantic Ocean in southwestern Spain population 29,136

Examples of rota in a Sentence

Noun a rota of housekeeping duties
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First Known Use of rota


1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rota


Latin, wheel — more at roll

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17 Nov 2019

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The first known use of rota was in 1561

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English Language Learners Definition of rota

British : a list that shows who must do a certain job

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