Definition of iota in English:



  • 1The ninth letter of the Greek alphabet (Ι, ι), transliterated as ‘i’.

    1. 1.1Astronomy [followed by Latin genitive]The ninth star in a constellation.
      ‘Iota Piscium’
  • 2[in singular], [usually with negative] An extremely small amount.

    ‘nothing she said seemed to make an iota of difference’
    • ‘In topflight chess, it's extremely important for White to milk every iota of advantage out of the first move.’
    • ‘I don't believe home advantage makes an iota of difference anymore in Gaelic football.’
    • ‘As my taxi driver drove me from the Islamabad airport into the heart of Rawalpindi, Pakistan, I was struck by how different every iota of existence was here.’
    • ‘WITHOUT an iota of irony, misty-eyed fans with typewriters are fond of referring to football as ‘the beautiful game’.’
    • ‘Such stories will have their impact and he doesn't have an iota of doubt on that.’
    • ‘‘Near-death does that to you,’ he replies without an iota of self-consciousness.’
    • ‘North Korea has not changed an iota in this era of rapid change.’
    • ‘And don't expect your cholesterol to drop one iota from the smidgen of soy protein that breakfast cereal adds.’
    • ‘Much to her credit, no amount of upbraiding or name-calling has moved her an iota.’
    • ‘Some of my readers tend to forget this and talk as though positions taken by me or one of my readers are going to make one iota of difference in whether our present ecclesiats remain or don't.’
    • ‘So this 300 or so words every month are hardly going to make one iota of a difference or influence incredulous decisions by the powers that be.’
    • ‘Many poems have been written without an iota of sadness or any negative emotion and are still considered works of art.’
    • ‘The difference is that everybody with an iota of intelligence understands and recognises political diatribe when it comes from politicians.’
    • ‘Those things don't come from the hoi-polloi, and I say that without meaning an iota of superciliousness.’
    • ‘I say this next bit without an iota of hyperbole.’
    • ‘Having some Government bureaucracy, at a cost of $28 million, is not really going to make one iota of difference to those families who are most in need.’
    • ‘It will not make one iota of difference to the kids out there.’
    • ‘Again, it is not clear that they differ one iota on their view of this dispute.’
    • ‘Some civil servant looked at her application and said: ‘Rules is rules,’ without applying an iota of common sense.’
    • ‘In any event, we say it makes not one iota of difference whatsoever.’
    bit, mite, speck, scrap, shred, ounce, scintilla, atom, jot, tittle, jot or tittle, whit, little bit, tiniest bit, particle, fraction, morsel, grain
    smidgen, smidge, tad
    scruple, scantling
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From Greek iōta. iota arose because iota is the smallest letter of the Greek alphabet: compare with jot.