- Parchment is paper made from the skin of an animal, or a documents written on this type of paper.
- When you want a fancy paper for your wedding invitations and you order thin, stiff, flat paper made from sheepskin, this is an example of parchment.
- A collection of old maps and poems written on sheepskin is an example of parchment.
This document was written on parchment.
- the skin of an animal, usually a sheep or goat, prepared as a surface on which to write or paint
- paper specially treated to resemble parchment, and used for lampshades, stationery, etc.
- a document, manuscript, or diploma on parchment
Origin of parchmentMiddle English parchemin ; from Old French ; from Late Latin pergamina ; from Classical Latin (charta) Pergamena, (paper) of Pergamum, where used as a substitute for papyrus: altered in Old French by associated, association with parche, parchment ; from Late Latin parthica (pellis), literally , Parthian (leather)
- The skin of a sheep or goat prepared as a material on which to write or paint.
- A written text or drawing on a sheet of this material.
- Paper made in imitation of this material.
Origin of parchmentMiddle English parchemin, parchement (influenced by Medieval Latin pergamentum), from Old French parchemin, from Late Latin pergamīna, variant of Latin pergamēna, from feminine of Pergamēnus, of Pergamum, from Greek Pergamēnos, after Pergamon, (Pergamum).
- A material, made from the polished skin of a calf, sheep, goat or other animal, used like paper for writing.
- A document made on such material.
- A diploma (traditionally written on parchment).
- Stiff paper imitating that material.
- The creamy to tanned color of parchment.
- The envelope of the coffee grains, inside the pulp.
From Middle English parchement, from Old French parchemin, via Latin pergamÄ«na, from Ancient Greek Î ÎµÏÎ³Î±Î¼Î·Î½ÏŒÏ‚ (PergamÄ“nos, “of Pergamun"), which is named for the Ancient city of Pergamon (modern Bergama) in Asia Minor, where it was invented as an expensive alternative for papyrus.