Origin of quire1
Definition for quire (2 of 2)
noun, verb (used with or without object), quired, quir·ing.
Examples from the Web for quire
I am helping her gild fir-cones for a Christmas-tree for the quire, and they will sing carols.Beechcroft at Rockstone|Charlotte M. Yonge
There is one tomb on the south side the quire, but without inscription.The Survey of London|John Stow
Lady Anne wrote a quire of notepaper off to Sir Brian for that day's post—only she was too late, as she always was.The Newcomes|William Makepeace Thackeray
Here it was, that repeatedly turning over a Quire of Bank Notes, a gentleman asked him what he was in want of?The History of Gambling in England|John Ashton
The numbering of the separate leaves in a quire, in the fashion followed by early printers, came in in the 14th century.
British Dictionary definitions for quire (1 of 2)
- four sheets of paper folded once to form a section of 16 pages
- a section or gathering