peruke

[ puh-rook ]
/ pəˈruk /

noun

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

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Origin of peruke

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

OTHER WORDS FROM peruke

pe·ruked, adjectivepe·ruke·less, adjectiveun·pe·ruked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for peruke

peruke
/ (pəˈruːk) /

noun

a type of wig for men, fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuriesAlso called: periwig

Word Origin for peruke

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