One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A short gathered or pleated strip of fabric attached at the waist of a woman's jacket, dress, or blouse to create a hanging frill or flounce.‘a little black dress with a peplum over a straight skirt’as modifier ‘a peplum jacket’
frill, ruffle, ruff, jabot, furbelow, ruche, ruching, gather, tuck, fringeView synonyms
- ‘The latest waist-friendly look is the unabashedly ladylike peplum top.’
- ‘The peplum was originally conceived as a small panel of fabric or a short skirt draped over the lower torso area of a women's dress or outfit.’
- ‘Bold and beautiful, this peplum blouse is perfect for a night on the town.’
2(in ancient Greece) a woman's loose outer tunic or shawl.
- ‘She bathed her and dressed the young princess in a Greek-styled gown, which she called peplum.’
Late 17th century: via Latin from Greek peplos.
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