Meaning of peplum in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpɛpləm/


  • 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’
    • ‘a peplum jacket’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bold and beautiful, this peplum blouse is perfect for a night on the town.’
    frill, ruffle, ruff, peplum, jabot, furbelow, ruche, ruching, gather, tuck, fringe
  • 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.