- a man's wig of the 17th and 18th centuries, usually powdered and gathered at the back of the neck with a ribbon; periwig.
Origin of peruke
Examples from the Web for peruke
The period is contemporary with the peruke––the period is the peruke of style.Leading Articles on Various Subjects
The Peruke, and, as it were, all that the Peruke symbolized.
His silver-white hair when he removed his peruke was a venerable spectacle.Pioneers of Science
This was a peruke of his, famous in the part of Sir Fopling Flutter.The Town
Jacques had taken off the mask and peruke of Goodman Cholera.The Wandering Jew, Complete
- a type of wig for men, fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuriesAlso called: periwig
Word Origin and History for peruke
1540s, "natural head of hair," from Middle French perruque (late 15c.), from Italian perrucca "head of hair, wig," of uncertain origin; supposed by some to be connected to Latin pilus "hair," "but the phonetic difficulties are considerable" [OED]. Meaning "artificial head of hair, periwig" is attested from 1560s.