- 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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- a flared ruffle attached to the waist of a jacket, bodice, etc
- a variant of peplos
Word Origin for peplum
C17: from Latin: full upper garment, from Greek peplos shawl
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