One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A woman's cloak with armholes or sleeves, reaching to the ankles.
- ‘It was sleeveless and cool, but she donned the lace pelisse when she heard him enter the office earlier.’
- ‘In the scant light he could see the casual folds of the silk slip in absence of the pelisse.’
- ‘In his dreams she wore a blue satin frock with a burgundy shawl, or a pink silk pelisse, or a white crinoline.’
- ‘This pelisse is made of a soft twilled silk called 'sarsenet' (often mentioned by Jane Austen in novels and letters of the same period).’
- ‘This pelisse is of pale blue is trimmed with bands of satin and satin buttons, roses, and rouleaux.’
- 1.1 A fur-lined cloak, especially as part of a hussar's uniform.
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- ‘Several pews ahead was the Lady in a grey pelisse and plain grey wide-brim hat.’
- ‘As she got up and moved to support him, she noticed some strange dark stains on his left shoulder, which had been hidden under the pelisse before.’
- ‘Looking down at herself, she realized that with her black pelisse, it was impossible to discern whether the coat was merely overly voluminous or if the dress beneath it was actually black as well.’
- ‘Two years earlier he had been portrayed in a miniature wearing a pelisse.’
Early 18th century: from French, from medieval Latin pellicia (vestis) ‘(garment) of fur’, from pellis ‘skin’.
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