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
- ‘On the negative side, the directive has resulted in unsocial shifts and yet another tier of bureaucracy to ensure that rotas are compliant.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Their service to the king was performed on a rota and they would accompany him everywhere, both as bodyguards and lesser officials.’
- ‘The rota was a print out of the weekly schedule fastened to a clipboard.’
- ‘Rachel insisted it was Ailsa's turn, and vice versa, until Rebecca told them to shut up and go downstairs to check the rota.’
- ‘I was wondering if you could give me a copy of the volunteer's rota.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I checked the rota to see whose turn it was to scavenge, to my surprise it wasn't me for once.’
- ‘The post was found hours later by a dog owner and police traced the temporary worker from staff rotas at the sorting office.’
- ‘Rural general practitioners have been moving practices to avoid the stresses of small rotas for care outside normal working hours.’
- ‘And we can share on-call rotas in private practice.’
- ‘The review will look at the different ways in which the public can access services, including GP cooperatives, commercial services, and practice rotas.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘Farmers have a complex, set rota based on the calendar.’
- ‘He isn't following the rota he taped to the fridge last week.’
- ‘We also had grave doubts about the accuracy and authenticity of the rotas produced for each home, and disclosed late in the proceedings.’
- ‘Many people find rotas a useful way of avoiding housework battles.’
- ‘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.’
2The supreme ecclesiastical and secular court of the Roman Catholic Church.
- ‘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.’
- ‘In February, the Rota ruled in his favor, declaring that the guardianship and the education of Cornelia Costanza belonged to Francesco.’
- ‘While the Austrians stepped up their pressure on the pope, Francesco pursued the issue through a papal court, the Rota, in April 1726.’
Early 17th century: from Latin, literally ‘wheel’.
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