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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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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.
(We will not view the landscape again, or the radiant sun that bestowed on the king his nickname, but for a brief glimpse through a grated window.) A claustral chronicle of Louis's protracted death in August 1715, Serra's masterpiece (which opens in US theaters this month) contrasts the sumptuousness of the court-- enveloped in lace and brocade, the sovereign sports a proliferating peruke of ringlets and frizz that seems to encroach on his cranium as he withers--with his sickly limb, rapidly blackening from gangrene.
He wore a peruke when he went away, but had long hair under it."
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If he were around today, Handel might flip his peruke if he saw Michigan Opera Theatre's Giulio Cesare, a Houston Grand Opera production reimagined as the set for a 1930s Hollywood movie.
Alice Morse Earle quotes a letter written in England about the hairstyle fashioned for Mary Queen of the Scots: "She did set such a curled hair upon the Queen that was said to be a Peruke, that showed very delicately, and every other day she hath a new device of head dressing without any cost, and yet setteth forth a woman gaylie well."
Wig and peruke makers were among the regular suppliers to the theatre, and some such as Mr Pope, peruke supplier to Drury Lane, were paid extra for their hairdressing services over a number of nights.
"The Peruke Maker: The Salem Witch Hunter Curse" is a story of a curse of the innocents that ravages Salem hundreds of years later.