quire

1
[ kwahyuh r ]
/ kwaɪər /

noun

a set of 24 uniform sheets of paper.
Bookbinding. a section of printed leaves in proper sequence after folding; gathering.

Origin of quire

1
1175–1225; Middle English quayer < Middle French quaier < Vulgar Latin *quaternum set of four sheets, derivative of Latin quarternī four each

Definition for quire (2 of 2)

quire

2
[ kwahyuh r ]
/ kwaɪər /

noun, verb (used with or without object), quired, quir·ing.

Archaic. choir.

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British Dictionary definitions for quire (1 of 2)

quire

1
/ (kwaɪə) /

noun

a set of 24 or 25 sheets of paper; a twentieth of a ream
  1. four sheets of paper folded once to form a section of 16 pages
  2. a section or gathering
a set of all the sheets in a book

Word Origin for quire

C15 quayer, from Old French quaier, from Latin quaternī four at a time, from quater four times

British Dictionary definitions for quire (2 of 2)

quire

2
/ (kwaɪə) /

noun

an obsolete spelling of choir

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