- a short full flounce or an extension of a garment below the waist, covering the hips.
- a short skirt attached to a bodice or jacket.
- Obsolete. a peplos.
Origin of peplum
1670–80; < Latin < Greek *péplon (neuter; only plural pépla occurs). See peplos
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Examples from the Web for peplum
His wife has a veil (peplum) almost like that which Greek women have.Byzantine Churches in Constantinople
Alexander Van Millingen
And she detached the cameo which fastened the peplum upon her shoulder.King Candaules
If I have said little about Mr. Peplum, it is because Mr. Peplum seemed to have very little to do with it.Letters of Peregrine Pickle
George P. Upton
For an instant he was bending over sandals, caressing a peplum's hem.A Transient Guest
She was dressed in a black tunic of her own invention, a combination of the Greek peplum and the Japanese kimono.The Enemies of Women
Vicente Blasco Ibez
- a flared ruffle attached to the waist of a jacket, bodice, etc
- a variant of peplos
C17: from Latin: full upper garment, from Greek peplos shawl
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