peruked, adj.perukeless, adj.
/peuh roohk"/, n.
a man's wig of the 17th and 18th centuries, usually powdered and gathered at the back of the neck with a ribbon; periwig.
[1540-50; < MF perruque head of hair, wig, of disputed orig.]

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also called  Periwig,  

      man's wig, especially the type popular from the 17th to the early 19th century. It was made of long hair, often with curls on the sides, and drawn back on the nape of the neck.

      Use of the word peruke probably became widespread in the 16th century, when the wearing of wigs became popular. Toward the end of the 16th century and the beginning of the 17th, the peruke was no longer worn as an adornment or to correct nature's defects but rather as a distinctive feature of costume, especially after Louis XIII of France set the fashion in 1624. See also wig.

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  • Peruke — Per uke, v. t. To dress with a peruke. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Peruke — Per uke, n. [F. perruque, It. perrucca, parrucca, fr. L. pilus hair. Cf. {Periwig}, {Wig}, {Peel} to strip off, {Plush}, {Pile} a hair.] A wig; a periwig. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • peruke — 1540s, natural head of hair, from M.Fr. perruque (late 15c.), from It. perrucca head of hair, wig, of uncertain origin; supposed to be connected to L. pilus hair (It. pelo, O.Fr. pel), but the phonetic difficulties are considerable [OED]. Meaning …   Etymology dictionary

  • peruke — [pə ro͞ok′] n. [Fr perruque < It perruca, parruca] PERIWIG …   English World dictionary

  • peruke — noun /pəˈruːk/ A wig, especially one with long hair on the sides and back, worn mainly by men in the 17th and 18th centuries. But now at thirty years my hair is grey / (I wonder what it will be like at forty? / I thought of a peruke the other day …   Wiktionary

  • peruke — noun Etymology: Middle French perruque, from Old Italian parrucca, perrucca hair, wig Date: circa 1573 wig; specifically one of a type popular from the 17th to the early 19th century • peruked adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • peruke — see WIG …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • peruke — pe·ruke || pÉ™ ruːk n. wig, hairpiece, cap of hair worn on the head …   English contemporary dictionary

  • peruke — [pə ru:k] noun archaic a wig or periwig. Origin C16: from Fr. perruque, from Ital. perrucca, of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • peruke — n. Wig, periwig, scratch, perruque …   New dictionary of synonyms

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