demy

demy

[dih-mahy]
noun, plural demies.
1.
a foundation scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford: so called because such a scholar originally received half the allowance of a fellow.
2.
(in England) a size of printing paper, 17.5 × 22.5 inches (44 × 57 cm).
3.
a size of drawing or writing paper, 15.5 (39 cm) or 15 × 20 inches (38 × 51 cm) in England, 16 × 21 inches (41 × 53 cm) in the U.S.
4.
Also called demy octavo. a size of book, about 5.5 × 8.75 inches (14 × 48 cm), untrimmed. Abbreviation: demy 8vo
5.
Also called demy quarto. Chiefly British. a size of book, about 8.75 × 11 inches (22 × 28 cm), untrimmed. Abbreviation: demy 4to

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English demi, demy; see demi-

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demy (dɪˈmaɪ)
 
n , pl -mies
1.  a.  a size of printing paper, 17½ by 22½ inches (444.5 × 571.5 mm)
 b.  a size of writing paper, 15½ by 20 inches (Brit) (393.7 × 508 mm) or 16 by 21 inches (US) (406.4 × 533.4 mm)
2.  either one of two book sizes, 8½ by 5½ inches (demy octavo) or (chiefly Brit) 11¾ by 85⁄8 inches (demy quarto)
 
[C16: see demi-]

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