From Middle English lot, from Old English hlot (“portion, choice, decision”), from Proto-Germanic *hlutą. Cognate with North Frisian lod, Saterland Frisian Lot, West Frisian lot, Dutch lot, French lot, German Low German Lott, Middle High German luz. Related also to German Los.
lot (plural lots)
- A large quantity or number; a great deal.
- A separate portion; a number of things taken collectively.
- One or more items auctioned or sold as a unit, separate from other items.
- (informal) A number of people taken collectively.
- A distinct portion or plot of land, usually smaller than a field.
- That which happens without human design or forethought.
- Anything (as a die, pebble, ball, or slip of paper) used in determining a question by chance, or without human choice or will.
- The part, or fate, that falls to one, as it were, by chance, or without his planning.
- A prize in a lottery.
- Allotment; lottery.
- (definite, the lot) All members of a set; everything.
- (historical) An old unit of weight used in many European countries from the Middle Ages, often defined as 1/30 or 1/32 of a (local) pound.
lot (third-person singular simple present lots, present participle lotting, simple past and past participle lotted)
- (transitive, dated) To allot; to sort; to apportion.
- (US, informal, dated) To count or reckon (on or upon).