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.
Recent Examples on the Web Line the pan with a sheet of parchment paper with a generous overhang on the long sides. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Stir together until well mixed, then place on sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 May 2022 Transfer the puffs from the platter to a serving basket lined with parchment paper. Elizabeth Karmel, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick foil. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 12 Apr. 2022 Valentine’s Day themed sprinkles, for garnish (optional) Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Kate Krader, Fortune, 12 Feb. 2022 Turn your oven down to 350 F. Prepare an 8x8-inch baking pan by lining it with parchment. Joanne Rosa, ABC News, 11 Feb. 2022 Preheat oven to 415 F and prepare a baking sheet with parchment. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 3 Jan. 2022 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a large, heavy baking sheet with baking parchment. Ruby Tandoh, The New Yorker, 19 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Parchment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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