One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British A list showing when each of a number of people has to do a particular job.‘a cleaning rota’Compare with roster
roster, list, schedule, register, timetable, calendarView synonyms
- ‘The post was found hours later by a dog owner and police traced the temporary worker from staff rotas at the sorting office.’
- ‘The archaeologists had moved a caravan into the field and organized a rota of guards to make sure that sneak thieves would not be able to loot the site under their noses.’
- ‘By the start of the following year, they were sleeping in separate rooms and using the bathroom and kitchen at different times on a rota.’
- ‘And we can share on-call rotas in private practice.’
- ‘Many people find rotas a useful way of avoiding housework battles.’
- ‘I checked the rota to see whose turn it was to scavenge, to my surprise it wasn't me for once.’
- ‘Farmers have a complex, set rota based on the calendar.’
- ‘I was wondering if you could give me a copy of the volunteer's rota.’
- ‘Their service to the king was performed on a rota and they would accompany him everywhere, both as bodyguards and lesser officials.’
- ‘Something as bourgeois as kitchen rotas should not be considered worthy of discussion and yet what alternative lifestyle hasn't floundered on the rocks of human frailty?’
- ‘Rachel insisted it was Ailsa's turn, and vice versa, until Rebecca told them to shut up and go downstairs to check the rota.’
- ‘We also had grave doubts about the accuracy and authenticity of the rotas produced for each home, and disclosed late in the proceedings.’
- ‘The rota was a print out of the weekly schedule fastened to a clipboard.’
- ‘I will of course provide you with a map that will guide you to the high valleys, and a guard Rota so you know when to attack and have the most time before you are discovered.’
- ‘In rural areas this may also mean organising a rota so that he or she may attend services in the various villages that they serve.’
- ‘He isn't following the rota he taped to the fridge last week.’
- ‘We believe that one reason for this is the failure of many units to ensure that out of hours emergency rotas exist for such patients.’
- ‘Rural general practitioners have been moving practices to avoid the stresses of small rotas for care outside normal working hours.’
- ‘The review will look at the different ways in which the public can access services, including GP cooperatives, commercial services, and practice rotas.’
- ‘On the negative side, the directive has resulted in unsocial shifts and yet another tier of bureaucracy to ensure that rotas are compliant.’
2The supreme ecclesiastical and secular court of the Roman Catholic Church.
- ‘While the Austrians stepped up their pressure on the pope, Francesco pursued the issue through a papal court, the Rota, in April 1726.’
- ‘In February, the Rota ruled in his favor, declaring that the guardianship and the education of Cornelia Costanza belonged to Francesco.’
- ‘He carried with him a clarification from the Rota, that if the court's decision withstood appeal, it allowed Francesco to place Cornelia in a convent of his choosing.’
Early 17th century: from Latin, literally ‘wheel’.
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