- a fine kind of parchment prepared from calfskin, lambskin, or kidskin, used as writing parchment or for binding books
- a manuscript written on vellum
- a strong paper made to resemble vellum
Origin of vellumMiddle English velim from Middle French velin, vellum, prepared calfskin from Old French veel: see veal
of or like vellum
- a. A fine parchment made from calfskin, lambskin, or kidskin and used for the pages and binding of books.b. A work written or printed on this parchment.
- A heavy off-white fine-quality paper resembling this parchment.
Origin of vellumMiddle English velim from Old French velin from veel calf ; see veal .
OriginSee also: velum
From Old French velin (French vÃ©lin), from vel (“veal").