quire

1
[kwahyuh r]

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

quire

2
[kwahyuh r]
noun, verb (used with or without object), quired, quir·ing.
  1. Archaic. choir.
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Examples from the Web for quires

Historical Examples of quires

  • I am to send him the quires as fast as I finish them off, and the first is now in his hands.

  • Only two quires are now remaining: the handwriting is not the same, but similar.

    The Oxford Reformers

    Frederic Seebohm

  • There were reams of well-meant advice and quires of threats of violence.

    Mlle. Fouchette

    Charles Theodore Murray

  • In the 11th century catch-words were used to show the connection of the quires.

    Books Before Typography

    Frederick W. Hamilton

  • Stationers used to let out on hire parts of books or quires.


British Dictionary definitions for quires

quire

1
noun
  1. 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
  2. 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

quire

2
noun
  1. an obsolete spelling of choir
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Word Origin and History for quires

quire

n.1

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."

quire

n.2

early form and later variant spelling of choir (q.v.).

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