Definition of bagwig in US English:



  • A wig fashionable in the 18th century with the back hair enclosed in an ornamental bag.

    • ‘The perruque à bourse or bagwig was also popular and relatively inexpensive.’
    • ‘The bagwig worn first by soldiers before 1700 had the hair encased in a bag.’
    • ‘For dress wear the bagwig was the mode, though the back bow became smaller.’
    • ‘The ‘dressers,’ male and female, have arrived, and are being objurgated by incensed performers in their several cabinets de toilette, because they are slow in finding Mr. Lamplugh's bagwig, or Mademoiselle Follejambe's white satin shoes.’
    • ‘The man's bagwig, now mostly destroyed, was inscribed with magical texts of a type recorded most completely on the Metternich stela.’
    • ‘When he saw the mess the pig had made, he dropped the pail and snatched his bulbous bagwig from his head, dashing it to the boards and cursing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both most carefully dressed in the old-fashioned style, with bagwig, showes and silk stockings, while Beethoven used to appear even here in the freer ultra-Rhenish garb, almost carelessly dressed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She is wearing a dress with shoulder straps, a small necklace and a bagwig with four tresses hanging down her neck.’
    • ‘Christian was twenty, two years her senior, tall and lean with curly black hair secured in a bagwig.’
    • ‘The bagwig began as an element of informal, private morning wear.’
    • ‘The governor is in a suit of scarlet, embroidered with gold, with bagwig and sword--the gentlemen in the fashion of the time.’
    • ‘Handel's was not a bagwig, which was so named from the little stuffed black silk watch- pocket that hung down behind the back of the wearer.’
    • ‘He smoothed the front of his simple olive and brown striped waistcoat, and patted his old fashioned bagwig.’