pep·​lum ˈpe-pləm How to pronounce peplum (audio)
: a short section attached to the waistline of a blouse, jacket, or dress
peplumed adjective

Illustration of peplum

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Examples of peplum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prior to her zipper malfunction, Stone, who won Best Actress for her role as Bella Baxter in Poor Things, turned heads on the red carpet with her Oscars look — a strapless, silk jacquard gown with a stunning architectural peplum skirt. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 11 Mar. 2024 The singer wore a chainmail piece from Kim Jones’s most recent spring 2024 couture collection for Fendi, while Florence Pugh’s sheer peplum look was designed by Simone Rocha for Jean Paul Gaultier Couture. Irene Kim, Vogue, 11 Mar. 2024 There was an obvious opening in the back of her custom Louis Vuitton peplum gown, but the two-time Academy Award-winner took the snafu in stride. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 11 Mar. 2024 This year for the special affair hosted at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles stars leaned into peplum gowns and decadent ensembles in metallic hues. Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 11 Mar. 2024 Or Emma Stone, whose seafoam Louis Vuitton number featured a dramatic peplum. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 11 Mar. 2024 Her look included a custom aquamarine gown with a strapless neckline and dramatic peplum detail. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 11 Mar. 2024 From Vanessa Hudgens revealing her baby bump to Florence Pugh and Emma Stone bringing back peplum, see the best moments from the 2024 Oscars red carpet. Di'amond Moore, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2024 Gingham Peplum Top At the recent event, Jupiter rocked this peplum top with a pastel gingham pattern. Phoebe Sklansky, Parents, 5 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Latin, from Greek peplon peplos

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peplum was in 1866

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“Peplum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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