My silver standish was placed upon it; a quire of gilt paper was before me.
I have suggested that it may have been used as a night quire.
“Yes,” said Barclay, taking a large well-worn pocket-book from his breast, and separating one from quite a quire.
She went and fetched a quire of paper, and borrowed his pencil and wrote them down.
About half a quire; then, I suppose, you do not know whether any of that paper was taken while you were away?
I suppose he was so poor he couldn't afford to buy a quire of paper.
Here it was, that repeatedly turning over a quire of Bank Notes, a gentleman asked him what he was in want of?
By the way, Fancy, do you know why our quire is to be dismissed?
In the first prayer-book of Edward VI., she was to be “nigh unto the quire door.”
There is one tomb on the south side the quire, but without inscription.
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."
early form and later variant spelling of choir (q.v.).