- a stiff cotton fabric for interlinings, book bindings, etc.
- stiffness of manner; extreme preciseness or formality.
- to strengthen with buckram.
- Archaic. to give a false appearance of importance, value, or strength to.
Origin of buckram
Examples from the Web for buckram
The use of buckram has been mostly abandoned by the libraries.A Book for All Readers
Ainsworth Rand Spofford
I have peppered two of them: two I am sure I have paid, two rogues in buckram suits.Familiar Quotations
Dick was wont to declare that he hated the world in buckram.The Prime Minister</p>
I have no hesitation in saying that the best material is Buckram.The Private Library
Arthur L. Humphreys
Making frames for hats follows—the frames are of wire and buckram.The Canadian Girl at Work
- cotton or linen cloth stiffened with size, etc, used in lining or stiffening clothes, bookbinding, etc
- (as modifier)a buckram cover
- archaic stiffness of manner
- (tr) to stiffen with buckram
Word Origin and History for buckram
early 13c., from Old French boquerant "fine oriental cloth" (12c., Modern French bougran), probably (along with Spanish bucarán, Italian bucherame) from Bukhara, city in central Asia from which it was imported to Europe. Originally a name of a delicate, costly fabric, it later came to mean coarse linen used for lining. The -m in the English word may indicate Italian origin (cf. Italian bucherame, 14c.).