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 For the film’s highly anticipated premiere, Cottin chose a classic black Dior gown amped up with a dramatic leg slit, a peplum waist, and a belt which her stylist, Eliott Bliss, tied into a loop. Sarah Spelling, Vogue, 12 July 2021 Thanking and acknowledging the tireless work of nurses in the United Kingdom amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the duchess appears in a bright-white peplum-style wrap blouse and matching pencil skirt by Alexander McQueen. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 May 2021 With a sculptural hat, peplum, and flared pants all competing for attention, Lee’s outfit could have been overwrought. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 4 Jan. 2021 There was also some design flair, such as a loose marigold yellow pantsuit with a gargantuan fun peplum. Thomas Adamson, Star Tribune, 3 Oct. 2020 The suit is nipped and gives the silhouette a bit of a peplum. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 30 Sep. 2020 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, 25 Mar. 2020 Covering her middle was a studded peplum leather bustier. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, 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, 10 Feb. 2020

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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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16 Jul 2021

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“Peplum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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