or pep·lus

[pep-luh s]

noun, plural pep·los·es.

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)
Related formspep·losed [pep-luh st] /ˈpɛp ləst/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for peplos

Historical Examples of peplos

  • And now—now he even raised the hem of her peplos to his lips.

  • 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.

  • Pinza, however, finds here an exact parallel to Hera's peplos in Iliad, xiv.

  • On the frieze of the Parthenon was represented by the scholars of Phidias the procession of the Peplos.

    Ten Great Religions

    James Freeman Clarke

British Dictionary definitions for peplos



noun plural -loses or -luses

(in ancient Greece) the top part of a woman's attire, caught at the shoulders and hanging in folds to the waistAlso called: peplum

Word Origin for peplos

C18: from Greek, of obscure origin
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peplos in Medicine


[pĕpləs, -lŏs′]

n. pl. pep•los•es

The coat or envelope of lipoprotein material that surrounds certain virions.
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