[kwawr-uh m, kwohr-] /ˈkwɔr əm, ˈkwoʊr-/
the number of members of a group or organization required to be present to transact business legally, usually a majority.
a particularly chosen group.
a minimum number of members in an assembly, society, board of directors, etc, required to be present before any valid business can be transacted: the quorum is forty, we don’t have a quorum
early 15c., in reference to certain eminent justices of the peace, from Latin quorum “of whom,” genitive plural (masc. and neuter; fem. quarum) of qui “who” (see who). The traditional wording of the commission appointing justices of the peace translates as, “We have also assigned you, and every two or more of you (of whom [quoram vos] any one of you the aforesaid A, B, C, D, etc. we will shall be one) our justices to inquire the truth more fully.” The justices so-named usually were called the justices of the quorum. Meaning “fixed number of members whose presence is necessary to transact business” is first recorded 1610s.
The minimum number of members of a committee or legislative body who must be present before business can officially or legally be conducted. In the United States Congress, for example, either house must have a majority (218 in the House of Representatives, 51 in the Senate) to have a quorum.
[kwoh] /kwoʊ/ verb (used with object), Archaic. 1. .
[kwoh-tuh] /ˈkwoʊ tə/ noun 1. the share or proportional part of a total that is required from, or is due or belongs to, a particular district, state, person, group, etc. 2. a proportional part or share of a fixed total amount or quantity. 3. the number or percentage of persons of a specified kind permitted […]
[kwoh-tuh-buh l] /ˈkwoʊ tə bəl/ adjective 1. able to be or easily , as by reason of effectiveness, succinctness, or the like: the most quotable book of the season. 2. suitable or appropriate for quotation: His comments were hilarious but unfortunately not quotable. /ˈkwəʊtəbəl/ adjective 1. apt or suitable for quotation: his remarks are not […]
noun 1. (in the EU) the practice of obtaining the right to catch a part of a country’s national quota for fish in European waters by buying licences from its fishermen