- a set of 24 uniform sheets of paper.
- Bookbinding. a section of printed leaves in proper sequence after folding; gathering.
Origin of quire1
- Archaic. choir.
Examples from the Web for quires
I am to send him the quires as fast as I finish them off, and the first is now in his hands.The Works of William Cowper
Only two quires are now remaining: the handwriting is not the same, but similar.The Oxford Reformers
There were reams of well-meant advice and quires of threats of violence.Mlle. Fouchette
Charles Theodore Murray
In the 11th century catch-words were used to show the connection of the quires.Books Before Typography
Frederick W. Hamilton
Stationers used to let out on hire parts of books or quires.Old English Libraries
- a set of 24 or 25 sheets of paper; a twentieth of a ream
- four sheets of paper folded once to form a section of 16 pages
- a section or gathering
- a set of all the sheets in a book
- an obsolete spelling of choir
Word Origin and History for quires
c.1200, "set of four folded pages for a book; pamphlet consisting of a single quire," from Anglo-French quier, Old French quaier "sheet of paper folded in four," from Vulgar Latin *quaternus, from Latin quaterni "four each," from quater "four times." Meaning "standard unit for selling paper" first recorded late 14c. In quires (late 15c.) means "unbound."
early form and later variant spelling of choir (q.v.).