buckram
I. noun Etymology: Middle English bukeram, from Anglo-French bokeram, from Old French bougherant, probably ultimately from Bokhara (Bukhara, Uzbekistan) Date: 15th century 1. a stiff-finished heavily sized fabric of cotton or linen used for interlinings in garments, for stiffening in millinery, and in bookbinding 2. archaic stiffness, rigidity II. adjective Date: circa 1589 suggesting buckram especially in stiffness III. transitive verb Date: 1783 1. to give strength or stiffness to (as with buckram) 2. archaic to make pretentious

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  • Buckram — is a stiff cloth, made of cotton, and still occasionally linen, which is used to cover and protect books. Buckram can also be used to stiffen clothes. Modern buckrams have been stiffened by soaking in a substance, usually now pyroxylin, to fill… …   Wikipedia

  • Buckram — Buck ram, a. 1. Made of buckram; as, a buckram suit. [1913 Webster] 2. Stiff; precise. Buckram dames. Brooke. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • buckram — [buk′rəm] n. [ME bokeram < OFr bouquerant; prob. after Bukhara, city in Uzbekistan] 1. a coarse cotton or linen cloth stiffened with glue or other size, for use in bookbinding, for lining or stiffening clothes, etc. 2. Archaic stiffness or… …   English World dictionary

  • Buckram — Buck ram, v. t. To strengthen with buckram; to make stiff. Cowper. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Buckram — Buck ram, n. [OE. bokeram, bougeren, OF. boqueran, F. bougran, MHG. buckeram, LL. buchiranus, boquerannus, fr. MHG. boc, G. bock, goat (as being made of goat s hair), or fr. F. bouracan, by transposing the letter r. See {Buck}, {Barracan}.] 1. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • buckram — early 13c., from O.Fr. boquerant fine oriental cloth (12c.), probably from Bukhara, city in central Asia from which it was imported to Europe. Originally a name of a delicate, costly fabric, it later came to mean coarse linen used for lining. The …   Etymology dictionary

  • buckram — ► NOUN ▪ coarse linen or other cloth stiffened with paste, used as interfacing and in bookbinding. ORIGIN Old French boquerant …   English terms dictionary

  • Buckram — Bụck|ram 〈m. 1; unz.; Textilw.〉 Bucheinbandstoff aus gepresstem, grobem Leinen od. Baumwollgewebe mit dichter u. glatter Oberfläche [<engl. buckram, nach der Stadt Buchara in Usbekistan] * * * Bụck|ram, der; s [engl. buckram, über das Roman.… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • buckram — [14] Etymologically, buckram ‘stiffened cloth’ is cloth from Bokhara, a city in central Asia (now the Uzbek city of Bukhara), from where in the Middle Ages cloth was exported to Europe. And not just any cloth: originally buckram denoted a high… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • buckram — [14] Etymologically, buckram ‘stiffened cloth’ is cloth from Bokhara, a city in central Asia (now the Uzbek city of Bukhara), from where in the Middle Ages cloth was exported to Europe. And not just any cloth: originally buckram denoted a high… …   Word origins

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