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[pel-uh-reen, pel-er-in] /ˌpɛl əˈrin, ˈpɛl ər ɪn/
a woman's cape of fur or cloth, usually waist-length in back with long descending ends in front.
Origin of pelerine
1735-45; < French pèlerine, feminine of pèlerin pilgrim Unabridged
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  • Coiffure a fanchon remnant of pelerine blue, laced throughout and crossing at the belt.

    Phaeton Rogers Rossiter Johnson
  • A veil, a shawl, or a pelerine of white lace may be washed in this manner.

  • There was likewise a considerable demur about a canezou and a pelerine, but eventually the latter carried the day.

    Pencil Sketches Eliza Leslie
  • pelerine, pel′ėr-in, n. a woman's tippet or cape with long ends coming down in front.

  • I bought a few trifles of her, this pelerine, only forty dollars, and this cheap bracelet for fifty.

    Rose Clark Fanny Fern
  • She borrowed minds and gestures as later she borrowed Grandma Buntain's pelerine and bonnet.

    Bud Neil Munro
  • Your travelling-dress for summer should have a large cape or pelerine of the same.

  • She was next informed that she could not be presentable without a French pelerine of embroidered muslin.

    Pencil Sketches Eliza Leslie
British Dictionary definitions for pelerine


a woman's narrow cape with long pointed ends in front
Word Origin
C18: from French pèlerine, feminine of pèlerinpilgrim, that is, a pilgrim's cape
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