plural -es
: a 15th century gold coin of Scotland weighing from 50 to 53 grains
also : a unit of value equivalent to one demy coin
a gold half-demy was issued
: a scholar on the foundation at Magdalen college, Oxford, originally receiving half the allowance of a fellow
: a size of paper commonly 16 × 21, 15¹/₂ × 20, or 17¹/₂ × 22¹/₂ inches

Word History


Middle English, from demi half

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“Demy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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