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

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First there’s Leia with strappy heels, a silvery peplum belt, cuff jewelry, and an up-do inspired by her signature bun hairstyle. James Hibberd,, "Star Wars Barbie dolls revealed for $100 each," 14 Aug. 2019 The royal mom, 37, arrived at a charity sailing race with Prince William on Thursday in a colorful striped peplum top by Sandro and her L.K. Bennett trousers. Erin Hill,, "Kate Middleton Just Wore Shorts for the First Time as a Royal!," 9 Aug. 2019 The sleeves eliminate the need to wear a cardigan or blazer, and the peplum will be sure to highlight your waist. Brittany Loggins, NBC News, "11 perfect outfits for your summer job interview (that won't break the bank!)," 20 June 2019 Short denim jumpsuits were wide enough to suggest a dress and ensure comfort, while a lemon yellow belted jacket created a male peplum over a matching cargo trouser. Washington Post, "Sunnei to Palm Angels, streetwear in fashion focus in Milan," 16 June 2019 Amal wore a graphic plaid two-piece from Prabal Gurung’s Pre-Fall 2019 collection, including a peplum top and flared trousers. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "George and Amal Clooney’s Date Night Style Is Anything but Casual," 13 May 2019 Bella was dressed in a black corset-peplum top and some high-waisted trousers, both understated and polished, and lace Christian Louboutin pumps. Vogue, "Bella and Gigi Hadid Level Up Their Sister Style for Marc Jacobs’s Wedding," 7 Apr. 2019 Beautiful skirt suit hybrids, geometric shoulders and peplums followed a silvery fishlike shawl top that was gathered at the midriff. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Starry Saint Laurent show in Paris sees models walk on water," 25 Sep. 2018 Here, Markle wore a navy V-neck peplum top by Oscar de la Renta with an asymmetric ruffle. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Proves Black and Navy Is the Best Combo," 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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