nounpl. -·lums or -·la
- a flounce or short, flared flap attached at the waist of a dress, blouse, coat, etc. and extending around the hips
Origin of peplumClassical Latin from Classical Greek peplos: see peplos
- A short overskirt or ruffle attached at the waistline of a jacket, blouse, or dress.
- See peplos.
Origin of peplumLatin robe of state from Greek peplon neuter of peplos peplos
- A peplos, an Ancient Greek garment formed of a tubular piece of cloth, which is folded back upon itself halfway down, until the top of the tube is worn around the waist, and the bottom covers the legs down to the ankles; the open top is then worn over the shoulders, and draped, in folds, down to the waist; compare the Roman palla.
- A veil.