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A quotation of French text.


The obsolete sense of “quota”, from Medieval Latin quotatio, from Latin quotāre, is attested from the 15th century. The sense “fragment of verbal expression”, attested from the 17th century, may come from this source, or else from the verb quote +‎ -ation.[1]



quotation (countable and uncountable, plural quotations)

  1. A fragment of a human expression that is repeated by somebody else, for example from literature or a famous speech.
    Synonyms: quote, citation
    "Where they burn books, they will also burn people" is a famous quotation from Heinrich Heine.
  2. A price that has been quoted for buying or selling.
    Let's get a quotation for repairing the roof before we decide whether it's worth doing.
  3. The act of setting a price.
  4. (obsolete) A quota, a share.[2]



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  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “quotation”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
  2. ^ Quotation”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.