Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several standard sizes of paper, especially paper measuring 16 by 21 inches.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A printing-paper size, 17½ inches by 22½ inches.
  • n. Shortened form of demyship

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or made of, the size of paper called demy.
  • n. A printing and a writing paper of particular sizes. See under paper.
  • n. A half fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Half: used to indicate a particular size of paper. See II.
  • n. A particular size of paper.
  • n. A holder of one of certain scholarships in Magdalen College, Oxford. Also spelled demi.
  • n. A Scotch gold coin issued by James I. in 1433, and worth at that time 3s. 4d. English. Obverse type, arms in a lozenge; reverse, cross in tressure.
  • n. A short close vest.
  • n. The gold half-lion of 20 grains of Robert II. of Scotland, the lion itself weighing 40, or more usually 38, grains.

Etymologies

Alteration of demi-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • He was elected "demy" (at Magdalen, scholars bear this name) the first year (1689) after the Revolution, when the fellows of

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  • "The size most in fashion was that now known as the demy folio, of which the leaf is about ten inches wide and fifteen inches long, but smaller sizes were often made.

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  • Ant. & Cl.I. v. 24 [Antony] The demy Atlas of this Earth, the Arme And Burganet of men.

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  • Then he slid demy seemed to understand what she was saying and turned toward her.

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  • Crap, I'll bet "The Acah-demy" nominates Tony Soprano again this year, even tho his show's off de air.

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  • Notepaper, foolscap, crown, and post-demy are all necessarily sized; and these papers have been the pride of the Angouleme mills for a long while past, stationery being the specialty of the

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  • Who can resist words like pott (OED: "originally bearing the watermark of a pot"), columbier ("F. colombier dove-cote, used in same sense"), demy, double elephant?

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  • At Oxford he was a demy scholar and joint editor of the University magazine Isis.

    Raiding the nursery

  • For let no man thinke that culuerin or demy-canon can sufficiently batter a defensible rampire: and of those pieces which we had; the better of the demy-canons at the second shot brake in her carriages, so as the battery was of lesse force, being but of three pieces.

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  • The fourth day were planted vnder the gard of the cloister two demy-canons, and two coluerings against the towne, defended or gabbioned with a crosse wall, thorow the which our battery lay; the first and second fire whereof shooke all the wall downe, so as all the ordinance lay open to the enemy, by reason whereof some of the

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  • A type of octavo size in rare/antique book printing

    February 20, 2007