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  • n. Plural form of peruke.


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  • Elites have worn gold-trimmed waistcoats and perukes, resplendent Imperial dress, business suits, or baggy green uniforms with little red stars.

    There's something I like about L.A.

  • Wig, said my master, he wants none; for his own venerable white locks are better than all the perukes in England. —


  • By reason of their great perukes it was hard to tell how old they were; but the one who was speaking seemed the youngest, although he was the chief of them.

    Lorna Doone

  • Burnishing the horizontal pictures, it broke up against these in delicate lines where there were cracks in the varnish, and from all these great black squares framed in with gold stood out here and there some lighter portion of the painting — a pale brow, two eyes that looked at you, perukes flowing over and powdering red-coated shoulders, or the buckle of a garter above a well-rounded calf.

    Madame Bovary

  • The best parlor, which was never opened but on particular occasions, was furnished with Turk-worked chairs, and hung round with portraits of his ancestors -- the men, some in the character of shepherds with their crooks, dressed in full suits and huge full-bottomed perukes, and others in complete armor or buff-coats; the females, likewise as shepherdesses with the lamb and crook, all habited in high heads and flowing robes.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 23, February, 1873

  • The backs of those in the distance, behung with bags, major perukes, pinners, &c. are most laughably ludicrous.

    The Works of William Hogarth: In a Series of Engravings With Descriptions, and a Comment on Their Moral Tendency

  • They were proud of their noses under Francis the First, of their perukes under Louis XIV, and later on of their appetites and stoutness.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • Here was merchandise, here the pack and the bale; snuffy men in perukes, knee-breeched and portly, came and piped in high English, managing the transport of their munitions ashore.

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn

  • What a formidable assemblage of sable suits, and tremendous perukes!

    Inns and Taverns of Old London

  • That gentleman, in his gray cloth, with some fine Mechlin lace at throat and wrists, and wearing only his order of the Cincinnati, overtopped all the other ambassadors in stately bearing, and looked more noble than did most of the marquises and counts and dukes in their brocades and powdered perukes and glittering decorations -- or, at least, so thought

    Calvert of Strathore


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