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

Ancient people wrote on parchment. a parchment dating back to ancient times Line the pan with a sheet of parchment.
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Heat oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheets with silicone baking sheets or parchment paper. 2. Alison Roman, The Seattle Times, "‘We are all connected by cookies’: A tribe with a bond stronger than royal icing," 12 Dec. 2018 Transfer to a sheet of parchment paper and spray with gold spray; let dry, 8 to 10 minutes. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Santa Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting," 7 Dec. 2018 Preheat oven to 325 and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 2018 Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Slice into 1/8-inch-thick rounds and place on prepared sheets. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Lemon Thyme Coin Cookies," 30 Nov. 2018 But parchment paper prevents the breading from sticking and tearing off, ruining the coating effect. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Deep Fryers—and How to Fry Anything," 14 Nov. 2018 Per i News, the parchment is thought to have originated in either New York or Philadelphia, before mysteriously making its way to Sussex. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Visit Sussex's Rare Copy of America's Declaration of Independence," 3 Oct. 2018 Let the slab cool slightly in the pan before lifting it out (using the parchment to do so) and transferring it to a wire rack. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "This herbaceous take on a blondie is crispy, gooey and impossible to stop eating," 30 Aug. 2018 The handwritten parchment is a word-for-word copy of the document written by the Founding Fathers right down to the signatories carefully copied out by a long-dead clerk, reports CBS News' Elizabeth Palmer. CBS News, "Analysis reveals clues about Declaration of Independence copy found in U.K.," 7 July 2018

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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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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 : strong, tough paper that is used by cooks


parch·​ment | \ ˈpärch-mənt \

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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