1. A coarse cotton or linen fabric heavily sized with glue, used for stiffening garments and in bookbinding.
2. Archaic Rigid formality.
Resembling or suggesting buckram, as in stiffness or formality: "a wondrous buckram style" (Thomas Carlyle).
tr.v. buck·ramed, buck·ram·ing, buck·rams
To stiffen with or as if with buckram.
[Middle English bukeram, fine linen, from Old French boquerant and from Old Italian bucherame, both after Bukhara (Bukhoro), from which fine linen was once imported.]
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