parchment

noun parch·ment \ ˈpärch-mənt \

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

  1. Ancient people wrote on parchment.

  2. a parchment dating back to ancient times

  3. Line the pan with a sheet of parchment.

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Origin and Etymology of parchment

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


PARCHMENT Defined for English Language Learners

parchment

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Definition of parchment for English Language Learners

  • : paper made from the skin of a sheep or goat

  • : a document written on parchment

  • : strong and thick paper; especially : strong, tough paper that is used by cooks


PARCHMENT Defined for Kids

parchment

noun parch·ment \ ˈpärch-mənt \

Definition of parchment for Students

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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