Definitions for: Rota


[n] (British) a roster of names showing the order in which people should perform certain duties
[n] (Roman Catholic Church) the supreme ecclesiastical tribunal for cases appealed to the Holy See from diocesan courts



Webster (1913) Definition: Ro"ta, n. [L. rota wheel. The name is said to allude to
the design of the floor of the room in which the court used
to sit, which was that of a wheel. See Rotary.]
1. An ecclesiastical court of Rome, called also {Rota
Romana}, that takes cognizance of suits by appeal. It
consists of twelve members.

2. (Eng. Hist.) A short-lived political club established in
1659 by J.Harrington to inculcate the democratic doctrine
of election of the principal officers of the state by
ballot, and the annual retirement of a portion of
Parliament.


Ro"ta, n. (Mus.)
A species of zither, played like a guitar, used in the Middle
Ages in church music; -- written also rotta.

See Also: court, judicature, roll, roster, tribunal

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