Definition of buckram in US English:



  • Coarse linen or other cloth stiffened with gum or paste, and used as interfacing and in bookbinding.

    • ‘Stamps are slammed on the title page, label pockets gummed to the rear pastedown, dust wrappers discarded, covers vulcanised in plastic - or, in those days, a toffee-brown buckram tough enough to withstand acid.’
    • ‘The device itself was simple enough, consisting of a buckram rim about eighteen inches in diameter, wrapped with 3,411 feet of cotton-covered copper wire, all in turn covered with tape, felt, and an imitation leather sleeve.’
    • ‘They just don't make buckram like they used to.’
    • ‘The Moroccan-leather-bound edition, limited to 50 numbered copies, is encased in a silver buckram drop-back solander box (£750 inclusive of delivery).’
    • ‘New for 2003 is style 556, the Fahrenheit structured mid-profile brushed cotton 6-panel cap with soft buckram and a fabric back strap and brass buckle.’


  • men in buckram

    • archaic Non-existent people.

      • ‘Further, in the older play there is a revel in ‘the old tavern at Eastcheap’ and it is at the Boar's Head, Eastcheap, that Falstaff tells his tale of the men in buckram.’
      • ‘When Hal and Poins play the robbery joke on Falstaff and lead him to falsely admit that instead of behaving in a cowardly fashion when robbed, he fought off eleven men in buckram suits in vain.’
      • ‘The men in buckram multiplied and remultiplied themselves as he spoke; his face was ashen white and he could scarcely control himself.’
      • ‘These three swelled, like the men in buckram, and were soon a dozen.’
      • ‘A severe-looking person, who wears a Spanish cloak alluded, with a certain lifting of the brow, drawing down of the corners of the mouth, and somewhat rasping voce di petto, to Falstaff's nine men in buckram.’


Middle English (denoting a kind of fine linen or cotton cloth): from Old French boquerant, perhaps from Bukhara in central Asia.