From Middle English quoten, coten, from Old French coter, from Medieval Latin quotāre, itself from Latin quotus, from quot and related to quis. The sense developed via “to give as a reference, to cite as an authority” to “to copy out exact words” (since 1680); the business sense “to state the price of a commodity” (1866) revives the etymological meaning. The noun, in the sense of “quotation,” is attested from 1885; see also usage note, below.
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