- a close-fitting, knitted cap that covers the head, neck, and tops of the shoulders, worn especially by mountain climbers, soldiers, skiers, etc.
Origin of balaclava
Examples from the Web for balaclava
Soon came whispers about a Russian corvette being spotted at Balaclava Bay.Russia Stages a Coup in Crimea
March 1, 2014
Police also found several weapons and balaclava head masks in the home where Maria was living.The Mysterious Case of Maria, Greece’s Fake Roma Child
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 21, 2013
It features a scantily clad woman wearing a balaclava and holding a sign championing the dissident feminist anti-Putin punk band.Miley Cyrus Twerking, Usher as Michael Jackson & More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
March 30, 2013
Yes, at the "Balaclava" they put up beds, and they showed me to a room.
Not even Scarlett at Balaclava had a more miraculous escape.Victorian Worthies
George Henry Blore
The Tornado, exerting her steam-powers to the utmost, was on her way back to Balaclava.The Three Commanders
I could not get any flour, so purchased some biscuit at Balaclava.Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie
George Brenton Laurie
There was an old fort at Balaclava, on the top of a steep hill.Taking Tales
- (often not capitals) a close-fitting woollen hood that covers the ears and neck, as originally worn by soldiers in the Crimean War
Word Origin and History for balaclava
"woolen head covering," especially worn by soldiers, evidently named for village near Sebastopol, Russia, site of a battle Oct. 25, 1854, in the Crimean War. But the term (originally Balaclava helmet) does not appear before 1881 and seems to have come into widespread use in the Boer War. The British troops suffered from the cold in the Crimean War, and the usage might be a remembrance of that conflict. The town name (Balaklava) often is said to be from Turkish, but is perhaps folk-etymologized from a Greek original Palakion.