buckram definition by Webster's New World
- a coarse cotton or linen cloth stiffened with glue or other size, for use in bookbinding, for lining or stiffening clothes, etc.
- Archaic stiffness or formality
Origin: Middle English bokeram ; from Old French bouquerant; probably after Bukhara, city in Uzbekistan
- of or like buckram
- Now Rare stiff; formal
buckram definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A coarse cotton fabric heavily sized with glue, used for stiffening garments and in bookbinding.
- Archaic Rigid formality.
Origin: Middle English bukeram, fine linen, from Old French boquerant and from Old Italian bucherame, both after Bukhara (Bukhoro), from which fine linen was once imported.