Definition of


  1. (noun, quantity) (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
    a deal of trouble
    a lot of money
    he made a mint on the stock market
    see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos
    it must have cost plenty
    a slew of journalists
    a wad of money
  2. (noun, location) a parcel of land having fixed boundaries
  3. (noun, group) an unofficial association of people or groups
    they were an angry lot
  4. (noun, state) your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)
    deserved a better fate
    has a happy lot
    the luck of the Irish
    a victim of circumstances
    success that was her portion
  5. (noun, artifact) anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random
    they drew lots for it
  6. (noun, group) any collection in its entirety
  7. (noun, person) (Old Testament) nephew of Abraham; God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah but chose to spare Lot and his family who were told to flee without looking back at the destruction
  8. (verb, social) divide into lots, as of land, for example
  9. (verb, possession) administer or bestow, as in small portions
    dole out some money
    shell out pocket money for the children
    deal a blow to someone
    the machine dispenses soft drinks

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Lot

  1. O.E. hlot "object (anything from dice to straw, but often a chip of wood with a name inscribed on it) used to determine someone's share," also "what falls to a person by lot," from P.Gmc. *khlutom (cf. O.N. hlutr "lot, share," O.H.G. hluz "share of land," O.E. hleotan "to cast lots, to foretell"), of unknown origin. The object was placed with … more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Lot

la-di-da, lad, laddie, lade, lady, lady day, laid, laity, lat, late, lath, lathe, lathee, lathi, latitude, latte, laud, laudo, lay out, layette, layout, ld., lead, leaded, led, leda, lede, lee tide, let, let out, lethe, leto, lewd, leyte, lid

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