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

Using the overhang from the parchment paper or foil, carefully lift the brownies out of the pan and onto a cutting board. Ben Mims,, "Culinary SOS: Botanica’s Gluten-Free Buckwheat Brownies," 5 June 2019 Line an 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper., "Recipe: Orange and Rosemary Olive Oil Cake," 5 June 2019 Line 4 or 5 baking sheets with baking parchment (see Chef’s Note, below). Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Kathy Casey, one of Seattle’s first celebrity chefs, lands in a sweet ‘food t’go-go’ niche at Sea-Tac Airport," 26 Mar. 2019 Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment; coat with nonstick spray. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Matzo Brittle," 7 Mar. 2019 Transfer cut out cookie shapes to a baking sheet lined with parchment. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "New York’s Coolest Pastry Chef Explains How to Make All-Natural Food Coloring for Holiday Cookies," 17 Dec. 2018 Place a deep-dish 9-inch pie plate on a baking sheet lined with parchment to catch spills. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "A Luscious, Low-Maintenance Alternative to Apple Pie," 21 Nov. 2018 Lay a phyllo sheet on a large piece of parchment paper. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "5 Energizing, Plant-Based Dishes This R.D. Relies on During Ramadan," 3 May 2019 Place foil first and then parchment in a large sheet pan and then set ribs on top, meat side up. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 meats to master on the grill: We went back to school to learn the best techniques," 29 May 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, 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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