Court writ on parchment signed by James De Lancey, chief justice of New York, July 1756. (Courtesy of Geof Huth) n. a writing material made from stretched and scraped sheepskin or goatskin a document created on this material a translucent paper with an appearance that imitates such writing material


Parchment1 is often used to include vellum, although vellum is a similar material made from calfskin.