from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A wig, especially one worn by men in the 17th and 18th centuries; a periwig.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A wig, especially one with long hair on the sides and back, worn mainly by men in the 17th and 18th centuries.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A wig; a periwig.
- transitive v. To dress with a peruke.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An artificial tuft of hair, made to imitate the natural hair, but usually having larger and ampler masses, worn on the head to conceal baldness, by actors in their make-up, and at one time by people generally in conformity to a fashion; a wig.
- To wear a peruke; dress with a peruke.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a wig for men that was fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuries
His silver-white hair when he removed his peruke was a venerable spectacle.
We would have thought it vile poltroonery and macaronism to have worn wigs -- to say nothing of powder -- unless, indeed, the peruke was a true Malplaquet club or Dettingen scratch.
Lean and well-built, far advanced in the thirties, a very large nose, and altogether marked features: he wore from morning till night a scratch which might well have been called a peruke, but dressed himself very neatly, and never went out but with his sword by his side, and his hat under his arm.
He was, however, effeminately nice in the care of his person: the hair on his body he plucked out by the roots; and because he was somewhat bald, he wore a kind of peruke, so exactly fitted to his head, that nobody could have known it for such.
Louisiana perique, ( 'peruke' proper,) that any old smoker would go into ecstasies over, fully equal, it is said to the genuine old-fashioned article, and that is saying a good deal.
The said gentleman is a citizen of respectable appearance wearing a large full-bottom'd peruke, which though it has never been comb'd is as smooth as on the first day it was form'd.
Ned Gowan's grey peruke inclined itself in the most precise of formal bows.
His eyes were bright, and save a slight disarrangement of his peruke, he gave no hint of exertion or fatigue.
First of all, Jon Stewart abandons his comic genius to put on metaphorical judicial robes and a peruke.
On the margin there stood: ex-ambassador, and a note which we also copy: “In a separate box, a neatly frizzed peruke, green glasses, seals, and two small quills an inch long, wrapped in cotton.”