Meaning of parchment

parch•ment

Pronunciation: (pärch'munt), [key]
— n.
  1. the skin of sheep, goats, etc., prepared for use as a material on which to write.
  2. a manuscript or document on such material.
  3. a stiff, off-white paper resembling this material.
  4. a diploma.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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