Definition of babushka in English:


Syllabification: ba·bush·ka
Pronunciation: /bəˈbo͝oSHkə


1(In Poland and Russia) an old woman or grandmother.
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  • Shouldn't we give up the nervous fingering of the beads of the grandmas and the babushkas?
  • My babushka was called Ceceila, an unusual name in Russia.
  • The children continued their swimming exercises in the pond, and the babushkas proceeded with their grave and slow discussions about their grandchildren, prices, and pensions.
1.1North American A headscarf tied under the chin, typical of those worn by Polish and Russian women.
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  • Headscarves, kerchiefs, but not babushkas are definitely in.
  • There is little for them to do apart from watch terns nesting on window sills, feed the 45-year-old bull on Russian hay, sell babushkas to tourists in the hope of US dollars and visit the (usually closed) museum.
  • Women may wear peasant babushkas on their heads, and men may wear hats with floppy brims.


mid 20th century: Polish, Russian, 'grandmother'.

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