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
A peplum is a short flounce added to the waist of a dress or jacket.
In a season marked by all manner of flounces and frills, the peplum was a standout.
Double-skirted mini dresses, otherwise known as peplum dresses, were all the rage back in the 80s and made an appearance at the beginning of this season, but they aren't going to be disappearing in a hurry.
This site spells 'peplum' at least two different ways, and talks about flounces "ascending down dress back."
I find this synonym less cumbersome than "sword-and-sandal" and more manly than "peplum," the more compact term assigned to this genre by the French, and I naturally bow to its Italian provenance.
The same goes for my 1990s peplum jackets from Thierry Mugler .
But thanks also goes to designers who look to the past and markets like the Flea where flourishes like the peplum -- which had an earlier heyday in the 1800s as the topper for the bustle -- live to see another runway.
Customers can look forward to a boxier shaped jacket with a peplum waist complete with a not-especially-tight knee length skirt.
Karl's new jacket is the old jacket but with a peplum.
Used loosely in early glossaries as a rendering of L. anabola, cyclas, peplum, ricinum. a1100 Aldhelm Gloss.