periwig

[ per-i-wig ]
/ ˈpɛr ɪˌwɪg /

noun

a wig, especially a peruke.

Origin of periwig

1520–30; earlier perwyke, alteration of Middle French perruque peruke
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periwig

/ (ˈpɛrɪˌwɪɡ) /

noun

a wig, such as a peruke

Word Origin for periwig

C16 perwyke, changed from French perruque wig, peruke
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Word Origin and History for periwig

periwig


n.

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

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