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 (pĕp′ləs, -lŏs′) also pep·lus (-ləs)
n. pl. pep·los·es also pep·lus·es
A loose outer robe worn by women in ancient Greece. Also called peplum.

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(ˈpɛpləs) or


n, pl -loses or -luses
(Clothing & Fashion) (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
[C18: from Greek, of obscure origin]
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or pep•lus

(ˈpɛp ləs)

n., pl. -los•es or -lus•es.
a loosely draped outer garment worn by women in ancient Greece.
[1770–80; < Greek péplos]
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Noun1.peplos - a garment worn by women in ancient Greecepeplos - a garment worn by women in ancient Greece; cloth caught at the shoulders and draped in folds to the waist
garment - an article of clothing; "garments of the finest silk"
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Before we even sat down at our round, saloon-style couched table, loud (like, loud!) Greek music burst from the speakers as the waiters, dressed in chiton and peplos -- traditional Greek clothing -- gathered around and began dancing across the restaurant, inviting guests to join the fun and be a part of the unique experience.
She gives a new meaning to the much discussed scene of the handing of the peplos which she sees as a depiction relating to the sacrifice of one of Erechtheus' daughters to save the city of Athens when threatened by Eumolpus.
(27) Fontana was clearly familiar with this mythical tradition, as she depicted Minerva holding her woven peplos (outer robe).
Il a ete cree au coeur de la cite historique de Tlemcen, a l'interieur du Mechouar, car cette ville est la seule a avoir conserve un systeme vestimentaire rituel qui perpetue les principaux archetypes du costume algerien (voile drape, peplos drape a fibules, caftan droit, pagne raye de type fouta, veste caracou, robe ajustee de type blousa), ainsi qu'une panoplie exceptionnelle de coiffes et de bijoux vernaculaires.[beaucoup plus grand que] Khalida Toumi a, durant son sejour a Tlemcen, preside une ceremonie oE de nombreux artistes, dont Rym Hakiki, ont ete distingues.
The two latter terms were used in a somewhat derogatory sense, and while sword-and-sandal is rather self-explanatory, "peplum" refers to the Greek word "peplos" for robe or tunic, (21) garments that were worn in Greco-Roman times but which grew ridiculously short in the second wave of American and Italian antiquity films in the 1950s and 1960s.
The tantalising trend stretches all the way back to ancient Greece when women would use a single sheet of square cloth to create a "peplos" tied with a single section of rope, creating the effect of a smaller waist.
Beyond their physical meaning, the subject matter of the stones held significance for McLaughlin, which led him to choose five carvings that were more theoretically related to the notion of representation, including the presentation of the sacred peplos to the goddess Athena.