Origin of quire1
noun, verb (used with or without object), quired, quir·ing.
Examples from the Web for quires
In the case of a large book, a certain number of quires might be given to each one of a group of copyists.
In this case the quires must first be opened, the crease taken out, and the sheets laid open.Practical Bookbinding|Paul Adam
Oh, yes, I knowd old Jemmy Catnach fast enough—bought many hundreds, if not thousands of quires of him.The History of the Catnach Press|Charles Hindley
Now, in the formation of quires, sheets were so arranged that hair side faced hair side, and flesh side flesh side.A Sixth-Century Fragment of the Letters of Pliny the Younger|Elias Avery Lowe and Edward Kennard Rand
This method of binding the quires together is still used in making the best bindings.
- four sheets of paper folded once to form a section of 16 pages
- a section or gathering
Word Origin 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.).