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; < Middle French perruque head of hair, wig, of disputed orig.

peruked, adjective
perukeless, adjective
unperuked, adjective Unabridged
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peruke (pəˈruːk)
Also called: periwig a type of wig for men, fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuries
[C16: from French perruque, from Italian perrucca wig, of obscure origin]

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1547, "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" [O.E.D.]. Meaning "artificial head of hair, periwig" is attested
from 1565.
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