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1. A long cloak or outer robe, usually of fur or with a fur lining.
2. A woman's loose light cloak, often with openings for the arms.

[French, from Old French pelice, from Late Latin pellīcia, from Latin, feminine of pellīcius, made of skin, from pellis, skin; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Clothing & Fashion) a fur-trimmed cloak
2. (Clothing & Fashion) a high-waisted loose coat, usually fur-trimmed, worn esp by women in the early 19th century
[C18: via Old French from Medieval Latin pellicia cloak, from Latin pellis skin]



1. any of various long outer garments, esp. a coat or cloak made of or lined or trimmed with fur.
2. a woman's long cloak with slits for the arms.
[1710–20; < French < Late Latin pellicia mantle, n. use of feminine of Latin pellicius of skin, derivative of pellis skin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pelisse - a sleeveless cape that is lined or trimmed with furpelisse - a sleeveless cape that is lined or trimmed with fur
cape, mantle - a sleeveless garment like a cloak but shorter


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She was glowing from her morning toilet as only healthful youth can glow: there was gem-like brightness on her coiled hair and in her hazel eyes; there was warm red life in her lips; her throat had a breathing whiteness above the differing white of the fur which itself seemed to wind about her neck and cling down her blue-gray pelisse with a tenderness gathered from her own, a sentient commingled innocence which kept its loveliness against the crystalline purity of the outdoor snow.
I know not with what fine and costly material the heidelburgh Tun was coated within, but in superlative richness that coating could not possibly have compared with the silken pearl-colored membrane, like the line of a fine pelisse, forming the inner surface of the Sperm Whale's case.
Philippe, wrapped in a fur pelisse, to which he owed his preservation and his energy, began to run, striking his feet hard upon the frozen snow to keep them warm.
Thorpe's pelisse was not half so handsome as that on her own.
The bride was dressed in a brown silk pelisse (as Captain Dobbin has since informed me), and wore a straw bonnet with a pink ribbon; over the bonnet she had a veil of white Chantilly lace, a gift from Mr.
At last he came upon an elderly, crusty Jew, who sold second-hand articles, and from whom he purchased a dress of Scotch stuff, a large mantle, and a fine otter-skin pelisse, for which he did not hesitate to pay seventy-five pounds.
Bessie, having pressed me in vain to take a few spoonfuls of the boiled milk and bread she had prepared for me, wrapped up some biscuits in a paper and put them into my bag; then she helped me on with my pelisse and bonnet, and wrapping herself in a shawl, she and I left the nursery.
My bride looked charmingly in a green silk calash and riding habit of pelisse cloth; and whenever her red lips parted with a smile, each tooth appeared like an inestimable pearl.
"Come, child, put on your tippet, pelisse, or whatever you call it, and run off with me.
The public costume of the young people was of the Highland kind, but the night being damp and cold, the young gentleman wore over his kilt a man's pea jacket reaching to his ankles, and a glazed hat; the young lady too was muffled in an old cloth pelisse and had a handkerchief tied about her head.
"I had no more discoveries to make than you would have as to the fashion and strength of any old pelisse, which you had seen lent about among half your acquaintance ever since you could remember, and which at last, on some very wet day, is lent to yourself.
A tall, bony woman--straight all the way down--in a coarse, blue pelisse, with the waist an inch or two below her arm-pits, responded to the call.