- 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 quire
I have suggested that it may have been used as a night quire.Bell's Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury
H. J. L. J. Mass
She went and fetched a quire of paper, and borrowed his pencil and wrote them down.They and I
Jerome K. Jerome
In the quire is a high tumbe, of one of them porturid with his wife.
I suppose he was so poor he couldn't afford to buy a quire of paper.Roundabout Papers
William Makepeace Thackeray
If we canna preach in the kirk, we can sing mass in the quire.The Proverbs of Scotland
- 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 quire
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.).