AskDefine | Define folio

Dictionary Definition



1 the system of numbering pages [syn: pagination, page number, paging]
2 a sheet of any written or printed material (especially in a manuscript or book) [syn: leaf]
3 a book (or manuscript) consisting of large sheets of paper folded in the middle to make two leaves or four pages; "the first folio of Shakespeare's plays"

User Contributed Dictionary



From ablative singular form of folium


  1. A leaf of a book or manuscript.
  2. In the context of "paper": A sheet of paper once folded.
  3. In the context of "books": A book made of sheets of paper each folded once (two leaves or four pages to the sheet); hence, a book of the largest kind, exceeding 30 cm in height.
  4. In the context of "printing": The page number. The even folios are on the left-hand pages and the odd folios on the right-hand.
  5. A page of a book.
  6. a page in an account book; sometimes, two opposite pages bearing the same serial number.
  7. A leaf containing a certain number of words, hence, a certain number of words in a writing, as in England, in law proceedings 72, and in chancery, 90; in New York, 100 words.




  1. folio





Extensive Definition

Folio may refer to:
  • In bookbinding,
    • A sheet of paper, parchment, or other material folded in half to make two leaves in a codex.
    • Mainly for manuscripts, a leaf (ie two pages). Manuscript pages are often traditionally physically marked with numbers, and referred to, by folio number, with "recto" for the first side and "verso" for the second - so "f.3v" would be "page 6" in a conventional count.
    • Book size, or Paper size, where folio is a book bound from folio sheets, usually 15" (38,1 cm) tall or more.
    • A book printed on folio pages, such as the First Folio of William Shakespeare's plays
  • Folio (typeface), a sans-serif typeface
  • Folio Society, publishers of fine illustrated books
  • Folio Weekly, a newspaper published in Florida and Georgia
  • FOLIO:, a monthly magazine covering the publishing industry.
  • Folio:, A new wave band from Los Angeles California.
  • The Palm Foleo, a subnotebook device
  • A term used in the hotel industry to describe a list of room charges for a guest (synonymous to an invoice or bill)
folio in German: Folio
folio in Spanish: Folio

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