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 Unfold pastry onto a piece of parchment paper and roll ½ inch bigger on all sides. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Onion Tart," 11 Feb. 2021 Have on hand a bowl of cold water and a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Nina Simonds,, "Recipe: Celebrate the Lunar New Year with meatballs and bow-ties in this soup instead of dumplings," 9 Feb. 2021 Arrange parchment paper or wax paper on your work surface and spray it lightly with cooking spray. Juliet Izon, Country Living, "This No-Bake Holiday Treat Doubles as Festive Décor," 9 Dec. 2020 These highly nonstick surfaces eliminate most of the needs for parchment paper, help prevent burning and make cleanup a breeze. Paul Stephen,, "8 gifts for the foodie on your holiday shopping list," 25 Nov. 2020 Prepare two to three large baking sheets ($10, Bed Bath & Beyond) with foil (lightly greased), parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Make Florentine Cookies That Are Delightfully Thin and Crispy," 9 Nov. 2020 Use a sharp knife to release edges and use parchment paper to carefully lift cheesecake from pan. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "A pumpkin spice celebration for cheesecake lovers," 27 Oct. 2020 Use a sharp knife to release edges and use parchment paper to carefully lift cheesecake from pan. Amy Drew Thompson,, "A pumpkin spice holiday celebration for cheesecake lovers," 21 Oct. 2020 To prepare salmon, heat oven to 400 F. Cut 4 large pieces of parchment paper into heart shapes, folding each in half. June Naylor, Dallas News, "Quick and healthy: 5 (mostly) plant-based bowl recipes," 27 Jan. 2021

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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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22 Feb 2021

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“Parchment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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