• WordNet 3.6
    • n peplum a garment worn by women in ancient Greece; cloth caught at the shoulders and draped in folds to the waist
    • n peplum a flared ruffle attached to the waistline of a dress or jacket or blouse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Peplum A peplos. Hence: An overskirt hanging like an ancient peplos; also, a short fitted skirt attached to a waist or coat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n peplum In anc. Gr. Costume, a himation or upper garment, in shape like a voluminous shawl, worn by women, thrown over one arm and thence wrapped in various ways, according to individual taste, around the body, sometimes even drawn over the head. The garment was so called particularly when of costly material and richly ornamented, as distinguished from the more ordinary himation. It was frequently ascribed to female divinities, particularly to Athene, for whose statue in the temple of Athene Polias a ceremonial peplum was woven every year by the high-born maidens attached for the term to the person of the priestess.
    • n peplum In recent use, a long and pointed overskirt draped over the underskirt of a dress, slightly in the fashion of the ancient Greek robe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Peplum pep′lum an upper robe worn by women in ancient Greece
    • Peplum Also Pep′lus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

Her dark hair fell in ringlets over a scarlet peplum with slashed sleeves.
"Herodias" by Gustave Flaubert
They would buy a new dress and peplum, go to see Selene, and then be carried to the prefect's.
"The Emperor, Complete" by Georg Ebers
She wore a plain, cheap black skirt and a queer, old-fashioned white blouse made with a peplum.
"Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus" by Jessie Graham Flower
They wore tin helmets, much too large, and green peplums, and repeated his words continually.
"Vandover and the Brute" by Frank Norris
And she detached the cameo which fastened the peplum upon her shoulder.
"King Candaules" by Théophile Gautier
What is she wearing: a peplum or an Empire frock?
"The Frontier" by Maurice LeBlanc
The high muse wears a radiant peplum.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
For an instant he was bending over sandals, caressing a peplum's hem.
"A Transient Guest" by Edgar Saltus
A wide, white silken scarf of Sophy's formed his peplum.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
It is said to represent Juno, Sami, or Selenitis, with the sacred peplum.
"Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism With an Essay on Baal Worship, On The Assyrian Sacred "Grove," And Other" by Thomas Inman John Newton
And she detached the cameo which fastened the peplum upon her shoulder.
"One of Cleopatra's Nights and Other Fantastic Romances" by Thophile Gautier

In news:

PETER SOM A silk dress with a peplum, slit high on the thigh.
Christian Lacroix peplum, circa 1988.
Peplum is a hot red-carpet look at many A-list events.
3 Ways to Wear Peplum (and Look Slimmer).
Peplum Is the Buzzword.
But I've since had a change of heart because the right peplum can actually make you look thinner.
12 Peplum Tops to Try (and They're All Under $100.).
I'm looking for a jacket that is more feminine than a blazer, but not as girly as one with a peplum.
There is just enough dazzling detail to get you noticed, plus, the peplum ruffle adds an extra hint of sophistication.
Jordin Sparks showed off her fab bod in a red peplum Alice & Olivia dress.
Popular as they may be, peplums can, at times, go horribly wrong.
User's Guide to Style: Peplum Top.
Oh My Love Jersey Peplum Dress , $25 (on sale.
The star stunned on the red carpet last night in a fitted, black Versace dress with a peplum detail.
Rita Ora vs Rita Ora in Dueling Lace Peplum Suits.