Origin of perukeFrench perruque from Italian perruca, parruca
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.