noun, plural peplums, pepla [pep-luh] .
a short full flounce or an extension of a garment below the waist, covering the hips.
a short skirt attached to a bodice or jacket.
Obsolete. a peplos.

1670–80; < Latin < Greek *péplon (neuter; only plural pépla occurs). See peplos Unabridged
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peplum (ˈpɛpləm)
n , pl -lums, -la
1.  a flared ruffle attached to the waist of a jacket, bodice, etc
2.  a variant of peplos
[C17: from Latin: full upper garment, from Greek peplos shawl]

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