parchment

noun

parch·​ment ˈpärch-mənt How to pronounce parchment (audio)
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Lift cream cheese mixture from pan using the parchment paper. Erin Hooker, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Apr. 2024 Place biscuits 1 inch apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 30 Mar. 2024 Preheat oven to 350°, and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 28 Mar. 2024 Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or reusable silicone liners. Melissa Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Mar. 2024 And, when using parchment paper, be mindful of the broiler. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 26 Mar. 2024 Here are the instructions: Line a small empty matchbox with foil or parchment paper (so that the food can be eaten, if desired). Kimberly Stoney, Parents, 21 Mar. 2024 The forest is created using marquetry, with 367 individual pieces of wood, parchment, and straw inlaid by hand. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 12 Mar. 2024 Eisner works from coroner’s rolls, pieces of old parchment, stitched together, on which clerks wrote descriptions in Latin of sudden deaths in the neighborhood. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 12 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of parchment was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Parchment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/parchment. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

parchment

noun
parch·​ment ˈpärch-mənt How to pronounce parchment (audio)
1
: the skin of a sheep or goat prepared as a writing material
2
: a paper like parchment
3
: something written on parchment
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