Definition of peplum in US English:



  • 1A short flared, 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.

    • ‘Bold and beautiful, this peplum blouse is perfect for a night on the town.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The latest waist-friendly look is the unabashedly ladylike peplum top.’
    frill, ruffle, ruff, jabot, furbelow, ruche, ruching, gather, tuck, fringe
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    1. 1.1 (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.