buckram

noun
buck·ram | \ ˈbə-krəm \

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

buckram

adjective

Definition of buckram (Entry 2 of 3)

: suggesting buckram especially in stiffness

buckram

verb
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

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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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

circa 1589, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for buckram

Noun

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

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