periwig

[ per-i-wig ]
/ ˈpɛr ɪˌwɪg /

noun

a wig, especially a peruke.

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Origin of periwig

1520–30; earlier perwyke, alteration of Middle French perruqueperuke
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British Dictionary definitions for periwig

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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