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vellum

noun vel·lum \ ˈve-ləm \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of vellum

1 :a fine-grained unsplit lambskin, kidskin, or calfskin prepared especially for writing on or for binding books
2 :a strong cream-colored paper

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Origin and Etymology of vellum

Middle English velym, borrowed from Anglo-French velim, veeslin, noun derivative of *veelin "of a calf," from veel "calf" + -in 1-ine — more at 1veal


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vellum

adjective

Definition of vellum

1 :of, resembling, or bound in vellum
2 :slightly rough
  • paper with a vellum finish

First Known Use of vellum

15th century


VELLUM Defined for English Language Learners

vellum

noun

Definition of vellum for English Language Learners

  • : a smooth material made from the skin of a young animal and used especially for covering books or for writing on

  • : a strong cream-colored paper


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