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.
Recent Examples of parchment from the Web
On our menu: Sole in parchment with a date and apricot salad as well as chorizo and tomatillo chili.
Roll the butter back up into the parchment paper, twisting the ends tightly to seal it.
Remove the weights and parchment, and bake for 10 more minutes, so the bottom cooks through.
Meanwhile, cut thirteen or fourteen 4-inch square pieces of parchment paper, then grease their tops lightly with cooking oil spray and arrange them on two baking sheets.
The New Mexico monks hark back to their predecessors in the Middle Ages who copied from papyrus scroll to parchment page.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
PARCHMENT Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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