paenula

noun
pae·​nu·​la | \ ˈpēnyələ\
plural paenulae\ -​ˌlē , -​lī \ or paenulas

Definition of paenula

1 : a long sleeveless cloak of ancient Rome usually having a hood and sometimes a front opening
2 : an early form of chasuble

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for paenula

Latin, from Greek phainolē cloak

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about paenula

Statistics for paenula

Look-up Popularity

Comments on paenula

What made you want to look up paenula? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to express emotion in a dramatic way

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!