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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Butter parchment and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. 2. Leah Eskin,, "Chocolate-coffee ice cream and cake squares put all the good things together," 23 Jan. 2018 Line your baking sheets with parchment to prevent sticking. Carole Kotkin, miamiherald, "Puff pastry can be used in countless sweet and savory ways," 12 July 2018 Sheet pans of sweets lined with white parchment were laid wide at the front of the booth. Alex Kiesig, idahostatesman, "'I love this city': Eat your way through the Capital City Public Market," 6 July 2018 Line the frozen crust with parchment and fill it with pie weights or dry beans, making sure to push them tightly into the edges, where shrinkage can occur. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, "Take picnic food up a notch by adding Parisian flair | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 Apr. 2018 Simply line your pans with parchment before adding vegetables that have been tossed with oil and salt, then roast at 450℉ to 500℉ until the vegetables are tender and nicely browned. NBC News, "8 simple things you can do to eat a little better today, with Sam Kass," 5 Apr. 2018 Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Sour Cream-Chocolate Chip Scones," 5 Mar. 2018 Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake in preheated oven 10 to 12 minutes, until coconut is golden on the edges. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Granola cookies feed the after-school hungries," 24 Jan. 2018 Preheat the oven to 250 degrees, and line two heavy baking sheets with parchment. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "The Ultimate 4th of July Dessert," 3 July 2014

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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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