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Definition of "vellum" []

  • A fine parchment made from calfskin, lambskin, or kidskin and used for the pages and binding of books. (noun)
  • A work written or printed on this parchment. (noun)
  • A heavy off-white fine-quality paper resembling this parchment. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "vellum" in a sentence
  • "Among the highlights will be a striking leaf with gold script on blue vellum from the celebrated "Blue Qur'an" produced in North Africa or the Near East in the ninth-10th century (estimate: £ 200,000 - £ 300,000)."
  • "If whole generations -- whole cultures -- were enabled, by such artistry, to see their own illusions as artifacts in vellum (or celluloid, or CRT), much would have been accomplished."
  • "They are all printed from large, clear type on a superior quality of flexible paper and bound in English vellum cloth, assorted colors, containing charming female heads lithographed in twelve colors, as inlays; the titles being stamped in harmonizing colors of ink or foil."