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A wig, especially one worn by men in the 1600s and 1700s; a periwig.

[Early Modern English, from Middle French parrucque, perruque, natural head of long hair, wig, possibly from perroquet, parakeet (perhaps in reference to the parakeet's erectile head feathers) ; see parakeet.]
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(Clothing & Fashion) a type of wig for men, fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuries. Also called: periwig
[C16: from French perruque, from Italian perrucca wig, of obscure origin]
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a man's wig of the 17th and 18th centuries, usu. powdered and gathered at the back of the neck with a ribbon; periwig.
[1540–50; < Middle French perruque head of hair, wig]
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Noun1.peruke - a wig for men that was fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuriesperuke - a wig for men that was fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuries
wig - hairpiece covering the head and made of real or synthetic hair
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References in classic literature ?
His head was covered with a peruke, so daintily powdered and adjusted that it would have been sacrilege to disorder it with a hat; which, therefore (and it was a gold-laced hat, set off with a snowy feather), he carried beneath his arm.
Include a craft and make toilet paper wigs or "perukes" (as they were called in those days) and have students perform while wearing the wigs.
(The director's close collaborator and cinematographer Martin Gschlacht continues to have a weakness for finicky rack focus, though his zooms have become more graceful since the self-conscious flourishes of Lovely Rita.) Every composition seems sprucely groomed for precise effect, Hausner's evocation of the Empire era evading the usual parade of perukes while nevertheless reveling in period fashion and decor--high-waisted dresses, trompe l'oeil doors, and infinite shades of vermilion and emerald.