peplum

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English[edit]

A bronze figure of the goddess Nike, who is wearing a peplos over a chiton.

Noun[edit]

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peplum (plural peplums or pepla)

  1. (historical) A peplos, an Ancient Greek garment formed of a tubular piece of cloth folded back upon itself halfway down so that the top of the tube is worn around the waist, and the bottom covers the legs down to the ankles; the open top is then worn over the shoulders, and draped, in folds, down to the waist. Compare the Roman palla.
  2. A veil.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1837: Ralph Cudworth, D. D., The True Intellectual System of the Universe (First American Edition, with references and an account of the author by Thomas Birch, M. A. F. R. S.)
    And this was Neith, or Athena, that God thus described, "I am all that was, is, and shall be, and my peplum or veil, no mortal could ever uncover." [] Peplum is properly a womanish pall or veil, embroidered all over and consecrated to Minerva.
  • 1838: The North American Review, volume XLVII
    The outer garment was called the peplum, and was used more for occasions of ceremony than for ordinary convenience, as it was very long and ample, and, from the manner of putting it on, must have been inconvenient to the wearer. It was sometimes wound double round the body, []
  • 1904: G. Woolliscroft Rhead, The Treatment of Drapery in Art
    Over this they adopted the Greek peplum, under the name of palla. This garment, however, was exclusively confined to the gentler sex, and was never worn, as was the peplum among the Greeks, by men.

Noun[edit]

peplum (plural peplums or pepla)

  1. (uncountable) A genre of Italian films based on historical or biblical epics.
  2. (countable) An individual film in this genre.
    • 2006, Pierluigi on Cinema
      [] there were hastily produced B movies, such as the peplums, the spaghetti westerns, the detective stories, the horrors.
    • 2013, Bryan Senn, The Most Dangerous Cinema: People Hunting People on Film
      While it does offer a lighter tone than most peplums, and spotlights a hero who relies more on his wits than his biceps []

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin peplum.

Noun[edit]

peplum n (plural peplumuri)

  1. peplum

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Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

peplum m (plural peplums)

  1. peplum