Octavo meaning

ŏk-tāvō, -tä-
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The page size, from 5 by 8 inches to 6 by 9.5 inches, of a book composed of printer's sheets folded into eight leaves.
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A book composed of octavo pages.
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The page size of a book made up of printer's sheets folded into eight leaves: the usual size of each leaf is 6 by 9 inches.
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A book consisting of pages of this size.
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Consisting of pages of this size.
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(paper, printing) A sheet of paper 7 to 10 inches high and 4.5 to 6 inches wide, the size varying with the large original sheet used to create it. Made by folding the original sheet three times to produce eight leaves.
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(printing) A book of octavo pages.
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Origin of octavo

  • Medieval Latin (in) octāvō (in) an eighth from Latin ablative sing. of octāvus eighth from octō eight oktō(u) in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition