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A wig, especially a peruke.

[By folk etymology from Old French perruque; see peruke.]


(Clothing & Fashion) a wig, such as a peruke
[C16 perwyke, changed from French perruque wig, peruke]


(ˈpɛr ɪˌwɪg)

a wig, esp. a peruke.
[1520–30; earlier perwyke, alter. of Middle French perruque peruke]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.periwig - a wig for men that was fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuriesperiwig - 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


[ˈperɪwɪg] Npeluca f


n (Hist) → Perücke f
References in classic literature ?
He wears an immense periwig, flowing down over his shoulders.
Although he seemed, judging from the mud he had picked up on the way, to have come from London, his horse was as smooth and cool as his own iron-grey periwig and pigtail.
He has his shoes rubbed and his periwig powdered at the barber's as you go into the Rose."
I was not averse to a tradesman, but then I would have a tradesman, forsooth, that was something of a gentleman too; that when my husband had a mind to carry me to the court, or to the play, he might become a sword, and look as like a gentleman as another man; and not be one that had the mark of his apron-strings upon his coat, or the mark of his hat upon his periwig; that should look as if he was set on to his sword, when his sword was put on to him, and that carried his trade in his countenance.
Then it was a strange sight to behold how the man of conventionalities shook the powder out of his periwig; how the reserved and stately gentleman forgot his dignity; how the gold-embroidered waistcoat flickered and glistened in the firelight with the convulsion of rage, terror, and sorrow in the human heart that was beating under it.
The entrance hall was mostly stripped and empty; but the pale, sneering faces of one or two of the wicked Ogilvies looked down out of black periwigs and blackening canvas.
One account maintains another trophy was taken: what the looters thought was a human scalp hanging above the speaker's chair but which was, in reality, his periwig.
(25) Marston's line is: 'you shall see me prove the very periwig to cover the bald pate of brainless gentility' (0.57-8).
On his head, in the fashion of the court of Louis XIV, is a superb, full-bottomed periwig, amid whose heap of ringlets his face shows like a rough pebble in the setting that befits a diamond.
'Here is nothing to be seen but a verdingale, yellow ruffe, and periwig ...
In the climactic murder scene, the vengeful hero stages a macabre parody of Elizabethan courtship, in which the poisoned skull, dressed like "some old gentlewoman in a periwig" (3.5.112), puts the "old surfeiter" (3.5.52) to sleep, permanently, with a kiss.
THE HISTORY PRESS has brought out a new edition of Fredric Boyce's SOE's Ultimate Deception: Operation Periwig ([pounds sterling]12.99) which was first, published in 2005.