Definition of Peplum

1. Noun. A flared ruffle attached to the waistline of a dress or jacket or blouse.

Generic synonyms: Flounce, Frill, Furbelow, Ruffle



2. Noun. A garment worn by women in ancient Greece; cloth caught at the shoulders and draped in folds to the waist.
Exact synonyms: Peplos, Peplus
Generic synonyms: Garment

Definition of Peplum

1. n. A peplos. Hence: An overskirt hanging like an ancient peplos; also, a short fitted skirt attached to a waist or coat.

Definition of Peplum

1. Noun. A peplos, an Ancient Greek garment formed of a tubular piece of cloth, which is folded back upon itself halfway down, until the top of the tube is worn around the waist, and the bottom covers the legs down to the ankles; the open top is then worn over the shoulders, and draped, in folds, down to the waist; compare the Roman ''palla''. ¹

2. Noun. A veil. ¹

3. Noun. A genre of Italian film featuring historical or biblical epics ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Peplum

1. a short section attached to the waistline of a garment [n -LUMS or -LA] : PEPLUMED [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Peplum

peperoncini
peperoni
peperonis
pepful
pepino
pepinos
pepita
pepitas
pepla
peplis
peplomer
peplomers
peplomycin
peplos
peploses
peplum (current term)
peplumed
peplums
peplus
pepluses
pepo
peponida
peponidas
peponium
peponiums
pepos
pepped
pepper
pepper-and-salt
pepper-spray

Literary usage of Peplum

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Clothing for Women; Selection, Design, Construction: A Practical Manual for by Laura Irene Baldt (1916)
"A draft for a peplum is given below. If desired, the same can be used for yoke pattern ... Ar Measures Required Practice Waist 24 inches Depth of peplum . ..."

2. The Woman's Book: Dealing Practically with the Modern Conditions of Home (1894)
"... in the hands of the dress-makers, who went on mapping out side-forms and boning waists as if peplum effects had never been heard of. ..."

3. The Illustrated Companion to the Latin Dictionary and Greek Lexicon: Forming by Anthony Rich (1849)
"from which, the commentators infer that the peplum covered the head and hands as ... The peplum is mentioned both by Greek and Latin authors as a long dress ..."

4. A Dictionary of Roman and Greek Antiquities with Nearly 2000 Engravings on by Anthony Rich (1874)
"The peplum is mentioned both by Greek and Latin authors as a long dress reaching to ... The peplum of Athena was a large and splendidly embroidered piece of ..."

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