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[kwoh-tuh] /ˈkwoʊ tə/
the share or proportional part of a total that is required from, or is due or belongs to, a particular district, state, person, group, etc.
a proportional part or share of a fixed total amount or quantity.
the number or percentage of persons of a specified kind permitted to enroll in a college, join a club, immigrate to a country, etc.
Origin of quota
1660-70; < Medieval Latin, short for Latin quota pars how great a part?
1. allotment, apportionment, allocation. Unabridged
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  • Impts de quotit, which are levied directly on the individual, who pays his quota according to a fixed tariff.

  • In the Fourth ward, where he lives, there never was a man drafted to fill its quota.

  • I asked him whether his wife would have any place in Paradise when he received his quota of seventy-two Houris.

    The Women of the Arabs Henry Harris Jessup
  • And to get that blood every Apexan must yield his quota in the temple.

    The Heads of Apex Francis Flagg
  • He had brought with him three hundred Spartans, as the quota furnished by that city.

    Xerxes Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for quota


the proportional share or part of a whole that is due from, due to, or allocated to a person or group
a prescribed number or quantity, as of items to be manufactured, imported, or exported, immigrants admitted to a country, or students admitted to a college
Word Origin
C17: from Latin quota pars how big a share?, from quotus of what number
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Word Origin and History for quota

1660s, from Medieval Latin quota, from Latin quota pars "how large a part," from quota, fem. singular of quotus "which, what number (in sequence);" see quote (v.). Earliest reference is to contributions of soldiers or supplies levied from a town or district; immigration sense is from 1921.

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