- a wig, especially a peruke.
Origin of periwig
Examples from the Web for periwig
Historical Examples of periwig
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
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.A History of Art in Ancient Egypt, Vol. II (of 2)
- a wig, such as a peruke
Word Origin for periwig
1520s, perwyke, popular corruption of perruck, from Middle French perruque (see peruke).