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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A short overskirt or ruffle attached at the waistline of a jacket, blouse, or dress.
  • n. See peplos.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. A veil.
  • n. A genre of Italian film featuring historical or biblical epics
  • n. An individual film in this genre

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. In recent use, a long and pointed overskirt draped over the underskirt of a dress, slightly in the fashion of the ancient Greek robe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a flared ruffle attached to the waistline of a dress or jacket or blouse
  • n. a garment worn by women in ancient Greece; cloth caught at the shoulders and draped in folds to the waist

Etymologies

Latin, robe of state, from Greek peplon, neuter of peplos, peplos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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