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 peplumed (audio) \ adjective

Examples of peplum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Full skirts came roaring back after wartime fabric restrictions were lifted, but women still wore pencil skirts with peplum jackets to create an hourglass shape. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Yes, You Desperately Need a Pencil Skirt," 25 Mar. 2020 Covering her middle was a studded peplum leather bustier. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Looked So Snatched at Her Beauty Launch, We Don't Know What to Do," 17 Sep. 2019 Theron showed up in a black Dior Haute Couture dress that featured a peplum hem, a hanging shoulder strap, and a long train that dragged along behind her on the red carpet. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Charlize Theron Wore a Thigh-High Slit Dior Dress to the 2020 Oscars," 10 Feb. 2020 Getty ImagesGetty Images Little Women star Saoirse Ronan looks like an absolute dream at the 2020 Oscars in a custom Gucci gown with a plunging peplum and...wait for bangs (!) coupled with a low chignon bun. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Saoirse Ronan Debuted Micro Bangs at the 2020 Oscars," 10 Feb. 2020 Not only because the Little Women actress was a vision in her lavender peplum Gucci gown, but also because of the new (and permanent) accessory draped across her forehead: baby bangs — which her hairstylist cut hours before the show. Megan Decker,, "Saoirse Ronan’s Baby Bangs Were Inspired By Audrey Hepburn," 9 Feb. 2020 This button-down cami that can be dressed up or down Made out of breezy fabric with a subtle peplum flare, the Whisper Camisole complements high-waisted pants, shorts and skirts amazingly well and will be your new go-to top come spring. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "22 of our favorite finds from Anthropologie's MLK Day sale," 18 Jan. 2020 The fashion risk-taker wore a plunging Givenchy lace bodice gown featuring a full-length peplum skirt. Hanna Flanagan,, "Joaquin Phoenix Can't Help But Smile at Fiancée Rooney Mara on Golden Globes Red Carpet," 5 Jan. 2020 Her peplum blouse featured a thin belt at the waist and asymmetrical draping, which fell nicely over her flared pants. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears Oscar de la Renta and Altuzarra at the Coach Core Awards," 24 Sep. 2018

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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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Cite this Entry

“Peplum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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