[ bahl-uh-klah-vuh, bal- ]

  1. 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

First recorded in 1880–85; named after Balaklava
  • 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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British Dictionary definitions for Balaclava


Balaclava helmet

/ (ˌbæləˈklɑːvə) /

  1. (often not capitals) a close-fitting woollen hood that covers the ears and neck, as originally worn by soldiers in the Crimean War

Origin of Balaclava

C19: named after Balaklava

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