[ bal-uh-klah-vuh ]
/ ˌbæl əˈklɑ və /


a close-fitting, knitted cap that covers the head, neck, and tops of the shoulders, worn especially by mountain climbers, soldiers, skiers, etc.

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Origin of balaclava

First recorded in 1880–85; named after Balaklava
Also called balaclava helmet. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for balaclava


Balaclava helmet

/ (ˌbæləˈklɑːvə) /


(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 for Balaclava

C19: named after Balaklava
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