Origin of perukeFrench perruque from Italian perruca, parruca
A wig, especially one worn by men in the 1600s and 1700s; a periwig.
Origin of perukeEarly Modern English from Middle French parrucque, perruque natural head of long hair, wig possibly from perroquet parakeet (perhaps in reference to the parakeet's erectile head feathers) ; see parakeet .
1758 portrait of Hugh Hall by John Singleton Copley
- A wig, especially one with long hair on the sides and back, worn mainly by men in the 17th and 18th centuries.
From French perruque.