peplum

noun
pep·​lum | \ ˈpe-pləm How to pronounce peplum (audio) \

Definition of peplum

: a short section attached to the waistline of a blouse, jacket, or dress

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Other Words from peplum

peplumed \ ˈpe-​pləmd How to pronounce peplum (audio) \ adjective

Examples of peplum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The actress accepted her award onstage in a strapless black Valentino peplum gown, which featured a sweetheart neckline and bow tie belt. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Sep. 2022 Shortly before the ceremony began, the star hit the red carpet in a vintage frock that brought back the voluminous peplum silhouettes of the 2010s. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 14 Aug. 2022 At the 2021 CFDA Fashion Awards, Zendaya accepted the Fashion Icon Award in a red bra top with a matching pencil skirt featuring a peplum. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 12 Sep. 2022 Another cute, casual option is this fun peplum top from Actloe that's just $20 right now. Sanah Faroke, Peoplemag, 27 Aug. 2022 Add a cotton tank or a polo shirt to play off of elevated options like a Ralph Lauren peplum top or a swooping Chloé dress. Corinne Dorsey, WSJ, 23 Aug. 2022 There are also flowy dresses with bedazzled straps, strapless peplum tops, and studded low-rise pants. Frances Solá-santiago, refinery29.com, 13 July 2022 The first five words in the list — peplum, boucle, chignon, tulle, espadrille — are much more commonly known by women. Kara Miller, BostonGlobe.com, 24 June 2022 For her final appearance on the tour, Kate wore a belted yellow floral peplum dress by Alessandra Rich. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of peplum

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peplum

Latin, from Greek peplon peplos

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Last Updated

26 Sep 2022

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“Peplum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peplum. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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