babushka

[buh-boo sh-kuh, -boosh-]
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noun
  1. a woman's scarf, often triangular, used as a hood with two of the ends tied under the chin.
  2. an elderly Russian woman, especially an elderly grandmother.

Origin of babushka

1935–40; < Russian bábushka grandmother, equivalent to báb(a) old woman + -ushka diminutive suffix
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babushka

noun
  1. a headscarf tied under the chin, worn by Russian peasant women
  2. (in Russia) an old woman

Word Origin for babushka

Russian: grandmother, from baba old woman
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Word Origin and History for babushka
n.

type of head covering for women, 1938, from Russian babushka "grandmother."

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