from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A wig with the back hair encased in a small silk sack, worn in the 18th century.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A wig, in use in the 18th century, with the hair at the back of the head in a bag.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wig the back hair of which was inclosed in a bag. See bag, 3.
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I forgot to tell you, "continued Madame d'Amblimont," that, on the very night of the adventure, he called on Madame d'Estillac, an old gambler, whose house is open till four in the morning; that everybody there was surprised at the disordered state in which he appeared; that his bagwig had fallen off, one skirt of his coat was cut, and his right hand bleeding.
He went in his court dress, consisting of a richly embroidered brown silk-velvet coat and short breeches, white satin vest with fancy colored embroidery, white silk stockings and pumps, wig, bagwig, cocked hat, and dress sword.
Spaniards had left behind them their clothing, mostly embroidered or laced, the seamen put them on over their dirty trousers and jackets, some adding a bagwig or a laced hat to their costume.
Handel's was not a bagwig, which was simply so named from the little stuffed black silk watch-pocket that hung down behind the back of the wearer.
Not a whit less reticent and wooden was Mr Flintwinch outwardly, than in the usual course of things: the only perceptible difference in him being that the knot of cravat which was generally under his ear, had worked round to the back of his head: where it formed an ornamental appendage not unlike a bagwig, and gave him something of a courtly appearance.