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[pep-luh s] /ˈpɛp ləs/
noun, plural pepluses.


or peplus

[pep-luh s] /ˈpɛp ləs/
noun, plural peploses.
a loose-fitting outer garment worn, draped in folds, by women in ancient Greece.
Origin of peplos
1770-80; < Greek péplos (masculine)
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[pep-luh st] /ˈpɛp ləst/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for peplus
Historical Examples
  • The peplus was covered with embroidery, worked by select virgins of the noblest families in Athens.

  • "That were easy to tell," Nigidia murmured over the end of the peplus she held.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • The pharos was probably a linen garment of Egyptian origin, which was sometimes worn instead of the peplus.

    Greek Women Mitchell Carroll
  • There was no garment, like a cloak, to be worn over the peplus.

    Greek Women Mitchell Carroll
  • The peplus was covered with embroidery worked by virgins of the noblest families in Athens.

  • As the peplus was open at the sides, the girdle was the second most important article of feminine attire.

    Greek Women Mitchell Carroll
  • Is it a question of classical dress—what a tunic was like, or a chlamys, or a peplus?

  • The clasps or buckles which bound the tunic or the peplus, usually shaped in the form of an arc, exhibited rare beauty.

    Greek Women Mitchell Carroll
  • But Vitelius burst forth again in unexpected laughter, and began to search for his ring in the peplus of Calvia Crispinilla.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
British Dictionary definitions for peplus


noun (pl) -loses, -luses
(in ancient Greece) the top part of a woman's attire, caught at the shoulders and hanging in folds to the waist Also called peplum
Word Origin
C18: from Greek, of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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peplus in Medicine

peplos pep·los (pěp'ləs, -lŏs')
n. pl. pep·los·es
The coat or envelope of lipoprotein material that surrounds certain virions.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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