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ˈpɑrtʃ məntparch·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parchmentnoun

    a superior paper resembling sheepskin

  2. parchment, sheepskin, lambskinnoun

    skin of a sheep or goat prepared for writing on


  1. parchmentnoun

    A material, made from the polished skin of a calf, sheep, goat or other animal, used like paper for writing.

  2. parchmentnoun

    A document made on such material.

  3. parchmentnoun

    A diploma (traditionally written on parchment).

  4. parchmentnoun

    Stiff paper imitating that material.

  5. parchmentnoun

    The creamy to tanned color of parchment

  6. Etymology: From parchement, from parchemin, via pergamīna, from Περγαμηνός, which is named for the Ancient city of Pergamon (modern Bergama) in Asia Minor, where it was invented as an expensive alternative for papyrus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Parchmentnoun

    Skins dressed for the writer. Among traders, the skins of sheep are called parchment, those of calves vellum.

    Etymology: parchemin, French; pergamena, Latin.

    Is not this a lamentable thing, that the skin of an innocent lamb should be made parchment; that parchment, being scribbled o’er, should undo a man? William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    In the coffin, that had the books, they were found as fresh as if newly written, being written in parchment, and covered with watch candles of wax. Francis Bacon.

    Like flying shades before the clouds we shew,
    We shrink like parchment in consuming flame. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parchmentnoun

    the skin of a lamb, sheep, goat, young calf, or other animal, prepared for writing on. See Vellum

  2. Parchmentnoun

    the envelope of the coffee grains, inside the pulp

  3. Etymology: [OE. parchemin, perchemin, F. parchemin, LL. pergamenum, L. pergamena, pergamina, fr. L. Pergamenus of or belonging to Pergamus an ancient city of Mysia in Asia Minor, where parchment was first used.]


  1. Parchment

    Parchment is a thin material made from hide; often calfskin, sheepskin or goatskin, and often split. Its most common use was as a material for writing on, for documents, notes, or the pages of a book, codex or manuscript. It is distinct from leather in that parchment is limed but not tanned; therefore, it is very reactive to changes in relative humidity and is not waterproof. Finer-quality parchment is called vellum.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parchment

    pärch′ment, n. the skin of a sheep or goat prepared for writing on.—Parchment paper, or Vegetable parchment (see Paper).—Virgin parchment, a fine kind of parchment made from the skins of new-born lambs or kids. [Fr. parchemin—L. pergamena (charta, paper)—from Gr. Pergamos.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Parchment

    consists of skins specially prepared for writing on, and is so called from a king of Pergamos, who introduced it when the export of papyrus from Egypt was stopped; the skins used are of sheep, for fine parchment or vellum, of calves, goats, and lambs; parchment for drumheads is made from calves' and asses' skins.


  1. Parchment

    Parchment is an education credentials technology company, and the leader in electronic transcript (e-Transcript) exchange. More than 7,400 active member high schools and postsecondary institutions, including 8 statewide initiatives, have exchanged 9 million transcripts using the Docufide by Parchment™ and Avow by Parchment™ SaaS platforms, now collectively knows as Parchment Exchange. Beyond providing the cost and operational efficiencies of electronic transcripts, Parchment works with learners and institutions around the world to unlock the value of education credentials data - helping people collect, promote, and share their education credentials in simple and secure ways.Founded in 2003, Parchment Inc. is a venture-backed company headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. with offices in Roseville, Calif., Denver, and Washington, D.C.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Parchment

    From the Greek pergamenos, through the French parchemin, so called after Pergamos, the city of Asia Minor where, consequent upon Ptolemy’s prohibition of the exportation of the Egyptian papyrus, dried goatskins were first utilised for a writing material.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parchment in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parchment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of parchment in a Sentence

  1. Tom Clancy, "The Teeth Of The Tiger" -- page 180:

    Colleges typically did not tell you that ninety percent of your education came after you hung the parchment on the wall. People might ask for a rebate.

  2. Danielle Allen:

    Up until now, only one large-format ceremonial parchment manuscript was known to exist, that one is in the National Archives and was produced in 1776. This one was produced a decade later, with the signed parchment as its source.

  3. Ferréol of Uzès:

    [the monk] who does not turn up the earth with the plow ought to write the parchment with his fingers

  4. Danielle Allen:

    This parchment manuscript illuminates in one stroke how the Federalists and anti-Federalists debated the question of whether the new republic was founded on the authority of a single, united sovereign people or on the authority of 13 separate state governments.

  5. Oded Rechavi:

    Its amazing that enough DNA can be extracted from the 2000-year-old scrolls, they are not only old and contaminated, they have also been processed (to make parchment) which is very damaging to the DNA.

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    the domain ruled by an emperor or empress; the region over which imperial dominion is exercised
    • A. accessory
    • B. disguise
    • C. empire
    • D. staff

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