[pep-luh m]
noun, plural pep·lums, pep·la [pep-luh] /ˈpɛp lə/.
  1. a short full flounce or an extension of a garment below the waist, covering the hips.
  2. a short skirt attached to a bodice or jacket.
  3. Obsolete. a peplos.

Origin of peplum

1670–80; < Latin < Greek *péplon (neuter; only plural pépla occurs). See peplos Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for pepla


noun plural -lums or -la (-lə)
  1. a flared ruffle attached to the waist of a jacket, bodice, etc
  2. a variant of peplos

Word Origin for peplum

C17: from Latin: full upper garment, from Greek peplos shawl
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