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[per-i-wig] /ˈpɛr ɪˌwɪg/
a wig, especially a peruke.
Origin of periwig
1520-30; earlier perwyke, alteration of Middle French perruque peruke Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for periwig
Historical Examples
  • We looked high and low, on the seats and beneath them, but not a sign of the periwig was there.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • He looked him over from the soles of his riding-boots to the crown of his periwig.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • I wonder shall history ever pull off her periwig and cease to be Court-ridden?

    James Boswell William Keith Leask
  • The colour of his hair could not be discovered, as, according to the fashion, he wore a periwig.

    Red Gauntlet Sir Walter Scott
  • Ti wears a periwig of a different kind from that of 204Ra-nefer.

  • The shaved Mohammedans of our day replace the periwig with the turban.

  • Come, come, it would be but a bald world, but that it weares a periwig.

  • The periwig first appears in history as the headgear of a fool.

    Chats on Costume G. Woolliscroft Rhead
  • Belay the binnacle and part the ship's periwig abaft the main-mast!

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • His barber agrees to keep his periwig in order for £1 a year.

    English Costume

    Dion Clayton Calthrop
British Dictionary definitions for periwig


a wig, such as a peruke
Word Origin
C16 perwyke, changed from French perruque wig, peruke
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for periwig

1520s, perwyke, popular corruption of perruck, from Middle French perruque (see peruke).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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