perfect ream


See under ream1(def 1).

Nearby words

  1. perfect gas,
  2. perfect number,
  3. perfect participle,
  4. perfect pitch,
  5. perfect progressive,
  6. perfect rhyme,
  7. perfect square,
  8. perfect stage,
  9. perfect storm,
  10. perfect year

Origin of perfect ream

First recorded in 1885–90


[ reem ]
/ rim /


a standard quantity of paper, consisting of 20 quires or 500 sheets (formerly 480 sheets), or 516 sheets (printer's ream or perfect ream).
Usually reams. a large quantity: He has written reams of poetry.

Origin of ream

1350–1400; Middle English rem(e) < Middle French reime, rame < Spanish rezma < Arabic rizmah bale Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for perfect ream


/ (riːm) /


a number of sheets of paper, formerly 480 sheets (short ream), now 500 sheets (long ream) or 516 sheets (printer's ream or perfect ream). One ream is equal to 20 quires
(often plural) informal a large quantity, esp of written matterhe wrote reams

Word Origin for ream

C14: from Old French raime, from Spanish rezma, from Arabic rizmah bale


/ (riːm) /

verb (tr)

to enlarge (a hole) by use of a reamer
US to extract (juice) from (a citrus fruit) using a reamer

Word Origin for ream

C19: perhaps from C14 remen to open up, from Old English rӯman to widen

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