Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a wig for men that was fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuries

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Synonyms of Peruke


Alternate forms of Peruke

Hypernyms: wig

Origin of the word Peruke

  1. 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. more

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