Definition of full-bottomed in English:



  • (of a wig) long at the back.

    • ‘Thomas Hopkinson wears a full-bottomed wig and a sword, and he stands before a balustrade and a grove of pruned cypresses.’
    • ‘It shows the subject in a full-bottomed curled wig, of the Restoration, wearing a handsome cape and around his shoulders the collar and star of the Order of the Garter.’
    • ‘Gain in size and artificiality meant that the heavy full-bottomed wig could only be worn on formal or special occasions, or by gentlemen of leisure.’
    • ‘The wearing of full-bottomed wigs by silks is generally reserved for ceremonial sittings.’
    • ‘Men's hair was cropped very close, and in private the heavy full-bottomed wig was frequently discarded, an embroidered cap being worn in its place.’
    • ‘At the end of the seventeenth century, King's Counsel began to wear richly laced cravats, which together with their silk gown and full-bottomed wig, remain their full dress to the present day.’
    • ‘The traditional full-bottomed wig is reserved for special occasions, such as the opening of the legal year.’
    • ‘Still in service today, this ‘bar wig’ is worn by barristers or advocates and is distinct from the plain ‘tye’ or ‘bench wig’ with no curls, worn by judges in court, and the full-bottomed peruke, which is reserved for ceremonial occasions.’
    • ‘Barely three centuries after the full-bottomed wig went out of fashion, and hardly two centuries after the sartorial demise of the short wig, Her Majesty's judges are going to sit with bare heads.’
    • ‘A resemblance can be seen between heavily trimmed upholstered furniture and the coat and full-bottomed wigs of the period.’
    • ‘A procession of judges left the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand by car, wearing formal finery of full-bottomed wigs and robes with purple or red trimming.’
    • ‘As the full-bottomed wig grew larger, the hat was more often carried than worn.’
    • ‘Wigs, initially full-bottomed but neater as the 18th century wore on, were worn by officers, and soldiers had their hair pomaded, powdered, and drawn together at the back in a ‘club’ or queue.’
    • ‘But it was time and effort well spent as his forensic full-bottomed wig is still supplied by Ede and Ravenscroft today.’