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peruke

[ puh-rook ]

noun

  1. a man's wig of the 17th and 18th centuries, usually powdered and gathered at the back of the neck with a ribbon; periwig.


peruke

/ pəˈruːk /

noun

  1. a type of wig for men, fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuries Also calledperiwig


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Other Words From

  • pe·ruked adjective
  • pe·rukeless adjective
  • unpe·ruked adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of peruke1

First recorded in 1540–50; from Middle French perru(c)que, “head of hair, wig”; further origin uncertain

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Word History and Origins

Origin of peruke1

C16: from French perruque, from Italian perrucca wig, of obscure origin

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Example Sentences

This statue used to be decked out on the occasion of the procession in the long peruke and neckcloth of the reign of Charles II.

There was food for greater mirth in the appearance on the road of a solitary figure in a wine-colored coat and bushy black peruke.

A shoeblack in the foreground is teaching a poodle to dance; the comical animal's head is decorated with an old peruke.

Periwig, per′i-wig, n. a peruke or small wig, usually shortened to Wig: an artificial head of hair.

Peruke, per-ūk′, or per′ūk, n. an artificial cap of hair: a periwig—also Perruque.

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