Definition of pelerine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɛlərɪn/
Pronunciation: /ˈpɛləriːn/


A woman’s cape of lace or silk with pointed ends at the centre front, popular in the 19th century.
Example sentences
  • The pelerine grew wider as it spread over the increasing shoulder line of gigot sleeves.
  • wide collar or pelerine of lace or matching dress fabric further emphasised the shoulders.


Mid 18th century: from French pèlerine, the sense being a transferred use of the feminine of pèlerin 'pilgrim'.

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