buck·​ram | \ ˈbə-krəm How to pronounce buckram (audio) \

Definition of buckram

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a stiff-finished heavily sized fabric of cotton or linen used for interlinings in garments, for stiffening in millinery, and in bookbinding
2 archaic : stiffness, rigidity



Definition of buckram (Entry 2 of 3)

: suggesting buckram especially in stiffness


buckramed; buckraming; buckrams

Definition of buckram (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to give strength or stiffness to (as with buckram)
2 archaic : to make pretentious

Examples of buckram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Most albums come with silk, linen, leather or buckram covers, and endless embossing options. Sara Clemence, WSJ, "How to Streamline the 6,714 Photos Cluttering Your Phone," 13 Dec. 2017 What is the hair going to be made of? (Paper, tulle, polyester fiberfill, and buckram are popular options; the Saint Louis Art Museum’s current menswear show uses suit interfacing, a clever tailoring twist.) Kimberly Chrisman-campbell, The Atlantic, "Confessions of a Costume Curator," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of buckram


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1589, in the meaning defined above


1785, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for buckram


Middle English bukeram, from Anglo-French bokeram, from Old French bougherant, probably ultimately from Bokhara (Bukhara, Uzbekistan)

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Cite this Entry

“Buckram.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buckram. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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