- 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 of buckramMiddle English bokeram ; from Old French bouquerant; probably after Bukhara, city in Uzbekistan
- of or like buckram
- Now Rare stiff; formal
- A coarse cotton or linen fabric heavily sized with glue, used for stiffening garments and in bookbinding.
- Archaic Rigid formality.
transitive verbbuck·ramed, buck·ram·ing, buck·rams
Origin of buckramMiddle English bukeram, fine linen, from Old French boquerant and from Old Italian bucherame, both after Bukhara, (Bukhoro), from which fine linen was once imported.
(usually uncountable, plural buckrams)
- A coarse cloth of linen or hemp, stiffened with size or glue, used in garments to keep them in the form intended, and for wrappers to cover merchandise.
- 1882: Buckram was probably from the first a stiffened material employed for lining, often dyed. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 557.
(third-person singular simple present buckrams, present participle buckraming, simple past and past participle buckramed or buckrammed)
- To stiffen with or as if with buckram.