a wig, especially a peruke.

Origin of periwig

1520–30; earlier perwyke, alteration of Middle French perruque peruke Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for periwig

hairpiece, toupee, rug, peruke, postiche

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

    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.

British Dictionary definitions for periwig



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

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

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