Share this entry

Share this page

peplum

Syllabification: pep·lum
Pronunciation: /ˈpepləm
 
/

Definition of peplum in English:

noun

1A short flared, gathered, or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist of a woman’s jacket, dress, or blouse to create a hanging frill or flounce.
Example sentences
  • The peplum was originally conceived as a small panel of fabric or a short skirt draped over the lower torso area of a women's dress or outfit.
  • The latest waist-friendly look is the unabashedly ladylike peplum top.
  • Bold and beautiful, this peplum blouse is perfect for a night on the town.
1.1(In ancient Greece) a woman’s loose outer tunic or shawl.
[via Latin from Greek peplos]
Example sentences
  • She bathed her and dressed the young princess in a Greek-styled gown, which she called peplum.

Definition of peplum in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day boscage
Pronunciation: ˈbɒskɪdʒ
noun
a mass of trees or shrubs