Definition of parchment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɑːtʃmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːrtʃmənt//
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  1. 1[uncountable] material made from the skin of a sheep or goat, used in the past for writing on parchment scrolls Her skin felt like parchment (= very dry).
  2. 2[uncountable] a thick yellowish type of paper a sheet of non-stick baking parchment
  3. 3[countable] a document written on a piece of parchment
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French parchemin, from a blend of late Latin pergamina ‘writing material from Pergamum (in ancient Mysia)’ and Parthica pellis ‘Parthian skin’ (a kind of scarlet leather).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: parchment