- the skin of sheep, goats, etc., prepared for use as a material on which to write.
- a manuscript or document on such material.
- a stiff, off-white paper resembling this material.
- a diploma.
Origin of parchment
Related Words for parchmentpaper, diploma, sheepskin, goatskin, scroll, palimpsest, vellum, papyrus, pell
Examples from the Web for parchment
Contemporary Examples of parchment
Fold the parchment paper with the dry ingredients in half and pour into the stand mixer.
Place the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt on parchment or wax paper.
Cover crust with parchment paper and pour in baking beans or weights.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Pumpkin Pecan Pie
December 26, 2014
Place the package, folded side up, on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.The Barefoot Contessa’s Tasty Trip to Paris
November 27, 2014
Sift the dry ingredients over a piece of parchment paper and then pour into a medium bowl.Cat Cora’s Valentine’s Day Menu for Single People
February 13, 2014
Historical Examples of parchment
He lifted Dennet on his shoulder, and bade her wave her parchment.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Know then that for every parchment in England there are twenty in France.
"I can see now that it is even so," said John, examining the parchment again.
His parchment face crackled with an almost tender complacency.The Bacillus of Beauty
I mind the time when her yellow arms were naught but bone and parchment.The Uncommercial Traveller
- the skin of certain animals, such as sheep, treated to form a durable material, as for bookbinding, or (esp formerly) manuscripts
- a manuscript, bookbinding, etc, made of or resembling this material
- a type of stiff yellowish paper resembling parchment
Word Origin for parchment
c.1300, parchemin (c.1200 as a surname), from Old French parchemin (11c., Old North French parcamin), from Late Latin pergamena "parchment," noun use of adjective (as in pergamena charta, Pliny), from Late Greek pergamenon "of Pergamon," from Pergamon "Pergamum" (modern Bergama), city in Mysia in Asia Minor where parchment supposedly first was adopted as a substitute for papyrus, 2c. B.C.E. Possibly influenced in Vulgar Latin by Latin parthica (pellis) "Parthian (leather)." Altered in Middle English by confusion with nouns in -ment and by influence of Medieval Latin collateral form pergamentum.