WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
quo•ta /ˈkwoʊtə/USA pronunciation n. [countable]
  1. the share or part of a total that is required from, allowed to, or that belongs to a particular district, group, etc.:The officers issued their quota of speeding tickets.
  2. the number or percentage of persons of a specified kind permitted to enroll in a college, join a club, immigrate to a country, etc.
See -quot-.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

quota /ˈkwəʊtə/ n
  1. the proportional share or part of a whole that is due from, due to, or allocated to a person or group
  2. 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
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin quota pars how big a share?, from quotus of what number



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