AskDefine | Define iota

Dictionary Definition



1 a tiny or scarcely detectable amount [syn: shred, scintilla, whit, tittle, smidgen, smidgeon, smidgin, smidge]
2 the 9th letter of the Greek alphabet

User Contributed Dictionary



From ἰῶτα.



  1. The ninth, and smallest, letter of the Greek alphabet.
    As a Greek numeral, iota represents ten.
  2. A printed instance of that ninth letter.
    There are twelve iotas on that page.
  3. A jot; a very small, inconsiderable quantity.

Usage notes


Greek letter
a small amount

Extensive Definition

Iota (uppercase Ι, lowercase ι; [jɒta] Yota) is the ninth letter of the Greek alphabet. In the system of Greek numerals it has a value of 10. It was derived from the Phoenician letter Yodh (
iota in Dutch: Iota (letter)
iota in Japanese: Ι
iota in Norwegian: Iota
iota in Norwegian Nynorsk: Iota
iota in Low German: Iota
iota in Polish: Jota (litera)
iota in Portuguese: Ι
iota in Russian: Йота (буква)
iota in Simple English: Iota
iota in Slovak: Ióta
iota in Slovenian: Jota (črka)
iota in Serbo-Croatian: Jota
iota in Finnish: Ioota
iota in Swedish: Jota
iota in Thai: ไอโอตา
iota in Turkish: Ι
iota in Ukrainian: Йота (літера)
iota in Chinese: Ι

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