1A short 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: a little black dress with a peplum over a straight skirt [as modifier]: a peplum jacket
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- 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.
late 17th century: via Latin from Greek peplos.