Definition of peplum in English:


Syllabification: pep·lum
Pronunciation: /ˈpepləm


  • 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.
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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.
  • 1.1(In ancient Greece) a woman’s loose outer tunic or shawl.
    [via Latin from Greek peplos]
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    • She bathed her and dressed the young princess in a Greek-styled gown, which she called peplum.

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