[ pel-uh-ton, pel-uh-ton; French plaw-tawn ]
/ ˈpɛl əˌtɒn, ˌpɛl əˈtɒn; French plɔˈtɔ̃ /


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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for peloton


/ (ˈpɛləˌtɒn) /


cycle racing the main field of riders in a road race

Word Origin for peloton

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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