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  1. an outer garment lined or trimmed with fur.

  2. a woman's long cloak with slits for the arms.

Origin of pelisse

1710–20; <French <Late Latin pellicia mantle, noun use of feminine of Latin pellicius of skin, derivative of pellis skin

Words Nearby pelisse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pelisse in a sentence

  • Selina had taken off her black lace pelisse, and from head to foot was in white, fine lawn, that billowed round the gilt chair.

    The Rake's Progress | Marjorie Bowen
  • Under this pelisse, a short skirt, also dark, fell over a robe which reached the ankles.

    Michael Strogoff | Jules Verne
  • She was wearing a hat with white plumes and an embroidered pelisse.

    Marguerite | Anatole France
  • They were awed by the high heels on my boots, the feather in my hat, and the quilted satin of my pelisse.

    The Late Miss Hollingford | Rosa Mulholland
  • In the plane-tree, or sycamore, this inner wrapping of the bud is a little pelisse of soft yellow or tawny fur.

    A Year in the Fields | John Burroughs

British Dictionary definitions for pelisse


/ (pɛˈliːs) /

  1. a fur-trimmed cloak

  2. a high-waisted loose coat, usually fur-trimmed, worn esp by women in the early 19th century

Origin of pelisse

C18: via Old French from Medieval Latin pellicia cloak, from Latin pellis skin

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