pep·​los ˈpe-pləs How to pronounce peplos (audio)
variants or less commonly peplus
: a garment worn like a shawl by women of ancient Greece

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Influenced by Greco-Roman peplos, drapey details were applied to flowy golden gowns, tailored suitings, and skirts, with models wearing crowns and strappy Roman-style sandals. Sara Radin,, 21 Jan. 2020 The artistic director at Christian Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri, opened her couture show with a simple white dress resembling the peplos of classical Greece: a rectangle of cloth draped to make a flowing column. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, 11 July 2019

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Word History


Latin peplus, from Greek peplos

First Known Use

1738, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peplos was in 1738

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“Peplos.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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