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peloton

[pel-uh-ton, pel-uh-ton; French plaw-tawn] /ˈpɛl əˌtɒn, ˌpɛl əˈtɒn; French plɔˈtɔ̃/
noun
1.
an ornamental glass made in Bohemia in the late 19th century, usually having a striated overlay of glass filaments in a different color.
Also called peloton glass.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; < French: literally, ball, ball of string, equivalent to pelote ball (see pellet) + -on diminutive suffix
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peloton

/ˈpɛləˌtɒn/
noun
1.
(cycle racing) the main field of riders in a road race
Word Origin
C20: French, literally: pack
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Contemporary definitions for peloton
noun

a small ball or pellet

Word Origin

French 'small pellet'

noun

a small military group; platoon

Word Origin

French 'small pellet'

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Word Origin and History for peloton
n.

1706, "small body of soldiers, platoon," from French peleton, derivative of pelote "ball, heap, platoon" (11c.); see platoon.

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