a wig, especially a peruke.

1520–30; earlier perwyke, alteration of Middle French perruque peruke Unabridged
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periwig (ˈpɛrɪˌwɪɡ)
a wig, such as a peruke
[C16 perwyke, changed from French perruque wig, peruke]

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Word Origin & History

1529, perwyke, popular corruption of perruck, from M.Fr. perruque (see peruke).
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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

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The periwig has been greatly censured as encouraging.
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