pep·​los | \ ˈpe-pləs How to pronounce peplos (audio) , -ˌpläs \
variants: or less commonly peplus \ ˈpe-​pləs How to pronounce peplos (audio) \

Definition of peplos

: a garment worn like a shawl by women of ancient Greece

Examples of peplos in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Influenced by Greco-Roman peplos, drapey details were applied to flowy golden gowns, tailored suitings, and skirts, with models wearing crowns and strappy Roman-style sandals. Sara Radin,, "Judy Chicago Designed Dior’s Runway To Look Like A Birth Canal," 21 Jan. 2020 The artistic director at Christian Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri, opened her couture show with a simple white dress resembling the peplos of classical Greece: a rectangle of cloth draped to make a flowing column. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Essay to Read If You Even Think About Wearing Clothes," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of peplos

1738, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peplos

Latin peplus, from Greek peplos

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“Peplos.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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