- a foundation scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford: so called because such a scholar originally received half the allowance of a fellow.
- (in England) a size of printing paper, 17.5 × 22.5 inches (44 × 57 cm).
- a size of drawing or writing paper, 15.5 (39 cm) or 15 × 20 inches (38 × 51 cm) in England, 16 × 21 inches (41 × 53 cm) in the U.S.
- Also called demy octavo. a size of book, about 5.5 × 8.75 inches (14 × 48 cm), untrimmed. Abbreviation: demy 8vo
- Also called demy quarto. Chiefly British. a size of book, about 8.75 × 11 inches (22 × 28 cm), untrimmed. Abbreviation: demy 4to
Origin of demy
1400–50; late Middle English demi, demy; see demi-
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Examples from the Web for demies
The expulsion of the Fellows was followed on a like refusal by that of the Demies.History of the English People, Volume VII (of 8)
John Richard Green
A few weeks after the expulsion of the Demies, Parker died in the house of which he had violently taken possession.
The founder of Magdalen provided that in his college Demies under the age of fifteen should sleep two in a bed.Oxford and its Story
The expulsion of the Fellows was soon followed by the expulsion of a crowd of Demies.
- a size of printing paper, 17 1/2 by 22 1/2 inches (444.5 × 571.5 mm)
- a size of writing paper, 15 1/2 by 20 inches (Brit) (393.7 × 508 mm) or 16 by 21 inches (US) (406.4 × 533.4 mm)
- either one of two book sizes, 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches (demy octavo) or (chiefly Brit) 11 3/4 by 8 5/8 inches (demy quarto)
C16: see demi-