Definition of pelisse in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈlēs/


1A woman’s cloak with armholes or sleeves, reaching to the ankles.
Example sentences
  • This pelisse is made of a soft twilled silk called 'sarsenet' (often mentioned by Jane Austen in novels and letters of the same period).
  • This pelisse is of pale blue is trimmed with bands of satin and satin buttons, roses, and rouleaux.
  • In his dreams she wore a blue satin frock with a burgundy shawl, or a pink silk pelisse, or a white crinoline.
1.1A fur-lined cloak, especially as part of a hussar’s uniform.
Example sentences
  • Two years earlier he had been portrayed in a miniature wearing a pelisse.
  • Several pews ahead was the Lady in a grey pelisse and plain grey wide-brim hat.
  • Looking down at herself, she realized that with her black pelisse, it was impossible to discern whether the coat was merely overly voluminous or if the dress beneath it was actually black as well.


Early 18th century: from French, from medieval Latin pellicia (vestis) '(garment) of fur', from pellis 'skin'.

Words that rhyme with pelisse

anis, apiece, Berenice, caprice, cassis, cease, coulisse, crease, Dumfries, fils, fleece, geese, grease, Greece, kris, lease, Lucrece, MacNeice, Matisse, McAleese, Nice, niece, obese, peace, police, Rees, Rhys, set piece, sublease, surcease, two-piece, underlease

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Syllabification: pe·lisse

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