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A woman's cape of lace or silk with pointed ends at the centre front, popular in the 19th century.
cloak, mantle, shawl, wrap, stole, tippetView synonyms
- ‘The pelerine grew wider as it spread over the increasing shoulder line of gigot sleeves.’
- ‘wide collar or pelerine of lace or matching dress fabric further emphasised the shoulders.’
Mid 18th century: from French pèlerine, the sense being a transferred use of the feminine of pèlerin ‘pilgrim’.
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