- When there is a schedule on the door of your apartment indicating whose week it is to take out the trash and do the dishes, this is an example of a rota.
- The court of the Catholic Church that a religious dispute would be heard by is an example of a rota.
- Chiefly Brit. a roster, esp. one listing the rotation of duties
- [R-]R.C.Ch. an ecclesiastical court of appeal in Rome, as for matrimonial cases
Origin of rotaL, wheel: see roll
- Chiefly British A roll call or roster of names.
- Chiefly British A round or rotation of duties.
- Rota Roman Catholic Church A tribunal of prelates that serves as an ecclesiastical court.
Origin of rotaLatin wheel ; see ret- in Indo-European roots.
From Latin rota (“wheel").
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.