a close-fitting, knitted cap that covers the head, neck, and tops of the shoulders, worn especially by mountain climbers, soldiers, skiers, etc.
- Also called bal·a·cla·va hel·met [bahl-uh-klah-vuh-hel-mit, bal-] /ˌbɑl əˈklɑ və ˈhɛl mɪt, ˌbæl-/ .
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How to use balaclava in a sentence
For starters, you can use a scarf or balaclava either over or in front of your mouth.
After a day of hitting the slopes, cozy up with our favorite women’s après pieces, from a perfect hand-knit pullover to this season’s most popular balaclava.
Some of the men wore uniforms, others wore track suits, some wore balaclava masks.
Soon came whispers about a Russian corvette being spotted at balaclava Bay.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was mostly covered by a safety orange balaclava, which she had paired with a marigold yellow lace sundress.Amnesty International’s Pussy Riot Concert: Balaclavas and Punk Rockers | Robin Givhan | August 13, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
balaclava was on his list, but he didn't even know it was there that his gallant regiment formed the thin red line.In the Ranks of the C.I.V. | Erskine Childers
From the harbour of balaclava the ground rises steeply on the west to the high plateau which was entirely occupied by the allies.Battles of English History | H. B. (Hereford Brooke) George
Don't you know Old Blowy, ma'am—'im as had the good luck to ride at balaclava?Workhouse Characters | Margaret Wynne Nevinson
I suppose they were colder in their balaclava huts, but I warrant the other atmosphere was much the same.Notes of a Camp-Follower on the Western Front | E. W. Hornung
This introduces Mr. Whitehead, for whom I was to paint balaclava.An Autobiography | Elizabeth Butler
British Dictionary definitions for Balaclava
(often not capitals) a close-fitting woollen hood that covers the ears and neck, as originally worn by soldiers in the Crimean War
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