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: a collection of 24 or sometimes 25 sheets of paper of the same size and quality : one twentieth of a ream


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archaic spelling of choir

Word History



Middle English quair four sheets of paper folded once, collection of sheets, from Anglo-French quaier, from Vulgar Latin *quaternum set of four, from Latin quaterni four each, set of four — more at quaternion

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quire was in the 15th century

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“Quire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quire. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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