[ ok-tey-voh, -tah- ]
/ ɒkˈteɪ voʊ, -ˈtɑ- /

noun, plural oc·ta·vos for 2.

a book size of about 6 × 9 inches (16 × 23 cm), determined by printing on sheets folded to form 8 leaves or 16 pages. Symbol: 8vo, 8°
a book of this size.


in octavo.



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Origin of octavo

1575–85; short for New Latin in octāvō in an eighth (of a sheet)
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British Dictionary definitions for octavo

/ (ɒkˈteɪvəʊ) /

noun plural -vos

Also called: eightvo a book size resulting from folding a sheet of paper of a specified size to form eight leavesdemi-octavo Often written: 8vo,
a book of this size
(formerly) a size of cut paper 8 inches by 5 inches (20.3 cm by 12.7 cm)

Word Origin for octavo

C16: from New Latin phrase in octavo in an eighth (of a whole sheet)
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