[pel-uh-ton, pel-uh-ton; French plaw-tawn]
- an ornamental glass made in Bohemia in the late 19th century, usually having a striated overlay of glass filaments in a different color.
Origin of peloton
1710–20; < French: literally, ball, ball of string, equivalent to pelote ball (see pellet) + -on diminutive suffix
Also called peloton glass.
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Examples from the Web for peloton
He never could get past a climb among the 50 to 80 best in the peloton.Lance Armstrong’s Shadow Looms Large Over 100th Edition of Tour de France
October 25, 2012
He said riders have always considered Armstrong two years ahead of the peloton when it came to doping.Lance Armstrong’s Teammate Tells All: ‘The Secret Race’ By Tyler Hamilton
The Daily Beast
September 8, 2012
If it were but known, 'they 'd give him a peloton and eight paces.'Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune
Charles James Lever
If the peloton has to be mounted, the Sergeant sees that the horses are properly saddled.
I gave twenty francs to the troopers of my peloton to drink my health, and I did not forget my friends Titi and Piatte.
Towards this the imperial staff rode forward, while the peloton in front wheeled about, and rode to the rear of our squadrons.
I looked up: an equipage was passing from the gate, a peloton of dragoons escorted it; a second followed at full speed.
- cycle racing the main field of riders in a road race
C20: French, literally: pack
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Word Origin and History for peloton
1706, "small body of soldiers, platoon," from French peleton, derivative of pelote "ball, heap, platoon" (11c.); see platoon.
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