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vellum Line breaks: vel¦lum
Pronunciation: /ˈvɛləm/

Definition of vellum in English:


[mass noun]
Fine parchment made originally from the skin of a calf: [count noun]: we passed a shop offering fine parchments and even finer vellums
More example sentences
  • Before the advent of the printing press, books were made of vellum because it was durable.
  • From what scholars have managed to read so far they believe it is an early Christian Psalter written on vellum, a parchment made from animal skin.
  • Irish writings prior to the use of paper and print were written on vellum in a distinctive minuscule script which reflects 1,000 years of literary tradition.


Late Middle English: from Old French velin, from veel (see veal).

Words that rhyme with vellum

antebellum, cerebellum, elm, helm, overwhelm, pelham, realm, underwhelm
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