- a man's wig of the 17th and 18th centuries, usually powdered and gathered at the back of the neck with a ribbon; periwig.
Origin of peruke
Examples from the Web for perukes
To be a gentleman was a matter of silk breeches and perukes and late hours?In the Valley
Wigs, perukes, or periwigs, were revived in the seventeenth century.Popular Technology, Vol. I (of 2)
Cards and tables do offend him, and perukes do fall within the compass of his theme.Calamities and Quarrels of Authors
The divine was a man who placed charity above rubrics, and discarded bigotry as he did perukes.
Mrs. Archer went softly up to the maker of perukes, and whispered something in his ear.The Monctons
- a type of wig for men, fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuriesAlso called: periwig
Word Origin and History for perukes
1540s, "natural head of hair," from Middle French perruque (late 15c.), from Italian perrucca "head of hair, wig," of uncertain origin; supposed by some to be connected to Latin pilus "hair," "but the phonetic difficulties are considerable" [OED]. Meaning "artificial head of hair, periwig" is attested from 1560s.