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noun vel·lum \ˈve-ləm\

Definition of vellum

  1. 1 :  a fine-grained unsplit lambskin, kidskin, or calfskin prepared especially for writing on or for binding books

  2. 2 :  a strong cream-colored paper

Origin and Etymology of vellum

Middle English velym, from Anglo-French velim, veeslin, from *veelin, adjective, of a calf, from veel calf — more at veal


First Known Use: 14th century


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vellum

adjective vel·lum

Definition of vellum

  1. 1 :  of, resembling, or bound in vellum

  2. 2 :  slightly rough <paper with a vellum finish>

15th Century

First Known Use of vellum

15th century


VELLUM Defined for English Language Learners

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vellum

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noun vel·lum \ˈve-ləm\

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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