- A coarse cotton or linen fabric heavily sized with glue, used for stiffening garments and in bookbinding.
- Archaic Rigid formality.
Resembling or suggesting buckram, as in stiffness or formality: “a wondrous buckram style” ( Thomas Carlyle )
transitive verbbuck·ramed, buck·ram·ing, buck·rams
To stiffen with or as if with buckram.
Origin of buckram
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
(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.
(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.
From Middle English bukeram (“fine linen”), from Anglo-Norman bokeram, from Old French boquerant, bougherant (“fine cloth”), bougueran, probably ultimately from Bokhara.
- (botany) A plant, Allium ursinum, also called ramson, wild garlic, or bear garlic.
Perhaps from earlier buckrams, from buck + ramps, ramsh (“wild garlic, ramson”). Compare Danish ramsløg (“ramson”), Swedish ramslök (“bear garlic, ramson”).