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[bal-uh-klah-vuh; Russian buh-luh-klah-vuh]
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  1. a seaport in S Crimea, in the S Ukraine, on the Black Sea: scene of English cavalry charge against Russians (1854), celebrated in Tennyson's poem Charge of the Light Brigade.
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Historical Examples

  • I took his counsel, and at noon next day we dropped anchor at Balaklava.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • He would wait for her with unspeakable impatience in Balaklava Place.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James

  • The sun was already risen when I came out on the deck of the "Balaklava;" but where was the sun?


    Frederic S. Cozzens

  • I forgot to mention the sleeping arrangements of the "Balaklava."


    Frederic S. Cozzens

  • These, as well as the works of Balaklava, were held by the Russians.

British Dictionary definitions for balaklava



  1. a small port in Ukraine, in S Crimea: scene of an inconclusive battle (1854), which included the charge of the Light Brigade, during the Crimean War
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