Definition of peplum in English:

peplum

Line breaks: pep¦lum
Pronunciation: /ˈpɛpləm
 
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noun

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
More 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.
2(In ancient Greece) a woman’s loose outer tunic or shawl.
More example sentences
  • She bathed her and dressed the young princess in a Greek-styled gown, which she called peplum.

Origin

late 17th century: via Latin from Greek peplos.

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