parch·​ment | \ ˈpärch-mənt How to pronounce parchment (audio) \

Definition of parchment

1 : the skin of a sheep or goat prepared for writing on
2 : strong, tough, and often somewhat translucent paper made to resemble parchment
3 : a parchment manuscript also : an academic diploma

Examples of parchment in a Sentence

Ancient people wrote on parchment. a parchment dating back to ancient times Line the pan with a sheet of parchment.
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Recent Examples on the Web Another was completely dispensing with the parchment paper that so many recipes called for to both rise and bake the pretzels. Washington Post, "Soft Pretzels," 15 Jan. 2020 Drop the dough in six equal portions onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Cheddar Jalapeño Coconut Flour Biscuits," 8 Jan. 2020 For people who don’t want to purchase pans with non-stick coating, silicone mats are an alternative to keep cookies together without using disposable parchment paper. Popular Science, "Gear that will help you win a cookie contest," 2 Jan. 2020 Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Katie Workman, NBC News, "This hack transforms a tube of refrigerated dough into cheesy prosciutto stuffed biscuits," 24 Dec. 2019 Line several baking sheets with parchment paper or spray them with nonstick cooking spray. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Appetizers: 5 fast and fabulous to get the party started," 24 Dec. 2019 Lay the empanadas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper., "Recipe: Ham, Cheese and Jalapeño Empanadas," 18 Dec. 2019 Cover dough with parchment paper or plastic wrap and roll out to 1/4-inch thickness. Robin Miller, azcentral, "This is the only holiday cookie recipe you'll ever need," 17 Dec. 2019 Carefully remove parchment paper and cool completely. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Party planning? This chocolate cake with mascarpone pumpkin frosting is even better made in advance," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of parchment

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for parchment

Middle English parchemin, from Anglo-French, modification of Latin pergamena, from Greek pergamēnē, from feminine of Pergamēnos of Pergamum, from Pergamon Pergamum

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The first known use of parchment was in the 14th century

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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Parchment.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of parchment

: paper made from the skin of a sheep or goat
: a document written on parchment
: strong and thick paper especially, chiefly US : strong, tough paper that is used by cooks


parch·​ment | \ ˈpärch-mənt How to pronounce parchment (audio) \

Kids Definition of parchment

1 : the skin of a sheep or goat prepared so that it can be written on
2 : strong tough paper used in baking and in wrapping food

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