toupee

[too-pey]
noun
1.
a man's wig.
2.
a patch of false hair for covering a bald spot.
3.
(formerly) a curl or an artificial lock of hair on the top of the head, especially as a crowning feature of a periwig.

Origin:
1720–30; variant of toupet < French, equivalent to Old French to(u)p tuft (< Germanic; see top1) + -et -et

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toupee (ˈtuːpeɪ)
 
n
1.  a wig or hairpiece worn, esp by men, to cover a bald or balding place
2.  (formerly) a prominent lock on a periwig, esp in the 18th century
 
[C18: apparently from French toupet forelock, from Old French toup top, of Germanic origin; see top1]

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toupee
1727, from Fr. toupet "tuft of hair, forelock," dim. formed from O.Fr. toupe "tuft," from Frank. *top, related to top (1) "highest point." Originally an artificial curl or lock on the top of the head; a style, not necessarily a compensation for baldness. In 18c., also sometimes
used of a person who wears a toupee. Slang short form toup is recorded from 1959.
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toupee

originally, any raised roll of hair just above the forehead, either natural or artificial; today, a small hairpiece generally covering a bald spot. The toupee developed during the 18th century, when men and women began to comb the front hair over the top line of the wig to create a natural-looking hairline.

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Example sentences
When the plates were developed, it was discovered that his toupee had slid over one ear.
No matter that a toupee, capped teeth and a partly unbuttoned shirt reveal a touch of vanity.
Before he could get to his car, a strong wind snatched his toupee from his head and carried it down a dark side street.
If you wear a wig or toupee, enter the color of your hair under the wig or toupee.
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