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[ka-yey, kah-; French ka-yey] /kæˈyeɪ, kɑ-; French kaˈyeɪ/
noun, plural cahiers
[ka-yeyz, kah-; French ka-yey] /kæˈyeɪz, kɑ-; French kaˈyeɪ/ (Show IPA)
Bookbinding. a number of sheets of paper or leaves of a book placed together, as for binding.
a report of the proceedings of any body:
A cahier of the committee was presented to the legislature.
(italics) French.
  1. notebook; exercise book; journal.
  2. paperback book.
Origin of cahier
1835-45; < French; Middle French quaer gathering (of sheets of a book); see quire1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • cahier, Caractéristique des saints dans l'art populaire, vol.

  • Among other plans that in the cahier des tiers état of the city of Paris has some interest.

  • One of them, cahier de Gerville, afterwards a minister, delivered an impressive address.

  • Recently a cahier—incomplete to be sure, but indubitably Stendhal's—was found and printed.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • Marise looked down at the cahier, its pages as blank as when she had sat down.

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
  • Father took up the cahier and looked at the paper hard, scratching it a little with his finger-nail.

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
  • The cahier des charges, as already stated, is a contract embodying the conditions under which the privilège is granted.

    The Operatic Problem William Johnson Galloway
  • Father cahier says that in France pictures of the Servites are seldom found, and then with no particular emblem.

  • The drawing up of a schedule of stipulations on the lines of the French cahier des charges regulating the work of the theatre.

    The Operatic Problem William Johnson Galloway
British Dictionary definitions for cahier


a notebook
a written or printed report, esp of the proceedings of a meeting
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cahier

"exercise book," c.1845, from French cahier "writing book, copy-book," from Old French cayer, originally quaier "sheet of paper folded in four" (see quire).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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