- 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)
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Examples from the Web for peplos
And now—now he even raised the hem of her peplos to his lips.Arachne, Complete
Agar, in peplos and cothurnus, recited the strophes once more.An Englishman in Paris
Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
Her long robe and peplos, of the finest white wool, also gave her an air of distinction which suited the circumstances.A Thorny Path [Per Aspera], Complete
Pinza, however, finds here an exact parallel to Hera's peplos in Iliad, xiv.The World of Homer
On the frieze of the Parthenon was represented by the scholars of Phidias the procession of the Peplos.Ten Great Religions
James Freeman Clarke
- (in ancient Greece) the top part of a woman's attire, caught at the shoulders and hanging in folds to the waistAlso called: peplum
C18: from Greek, of obscure origin
- The coat or envelope of lipoprotein material that surrounds certain virions.
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