- 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.
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- 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: Middle 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 inch(es) Old French by associated, association with parche, parchment from Late Latin parthica (pellis), literally , Parthian (leather)
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- 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: Middle 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).