pep·​los | \ ˈpe-pləs How to pronounce peplos (audio) , -ˌpläs \
variants: or less commonly peplus \ ˈpe-​pləs How to pronounce peplus (audio) \

Definition of peplos

: a garment worn like a shawl by women of ancient Greece

Examples of peplos in a Sentence

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,, "Judy Chicago Designed Dior’s Runway To Look Like A Birth Canal," 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, "The Essay to Read If You Even Think About Wearing Clothes," 11 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'peplos.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of peplos

1738, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peplos

Latin peplus, from Greek peplos

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about peplos

Time Traveler for peplos

Time Traveler

The first known use of peplos was in 1738

See more words from the same year

Statistics for peplos

Cite this Entry

“Peplos.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on peplos Encyclopedia article about peplos

Comments on peplos

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


Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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