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[pep-luh s]
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noun, plural pep·lus·es.
  1. peplos.


or pep·lus

[pep-luh s]
noun, plural pep·los·es.
  1. a loose-fitting outer garment worn, draped in folds, by women in ancient Greece.

Origin of peplos

First recorded in 1770–80, peplos is from the Greek word péplos (masculine)
Related formspep·losed [pep-luh st] /ˈpɛp ləst/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for peplus

Historical Examples

  • "That were easy to tell," Nigidia murmured over the end of the peplus she held.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales

    C. Bryson Taylor

  • There was no garment, like a cloak, to be worn over the peplus.

    Greek Women

    Mitchell Carroll

  • The Peplus was covered with embroidery worked by virgins of the noblest families in Athens.

  • Is it a question of classical dress—what a tunic was like, or a chlamys, or a peplus?

  • As the peplus was open at the sides, the girdle was the second most important article of feminine attire.

    Greek Women

    Mitchell Carroll

British Dictionary definitions for peplus



noun plural -loses or -luses
  1. (in ancient Greece) the top part of a woman's attire, caught at the shoulders and hanging in folds to the waistAlso called: peplum

Word Origin

C18: from Greek, of obscure origin
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peplus in Medicine


(pĕpləs, -lŏs′)
n. pl. pep•los•es
  1. The coat or envelope of lipoprotein material that surrounds certain virions.
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