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Syllabification: bal·a·cla·va
Pronunciation: /ˌbaləˈklävə
(also balaclava helmet)

Definition of balaclava in English:


A close-fitting garment covering the whole head and neck except for parts of the face, typically made of wool.
Example sentences
  • They were all wearing balaclavas, dark close-fitting clothes and short bomber-style jackets.
  • The man with the gun, clad from head to toe in black clothing and wearing a balaclava underneath the hood of his coat, asked for money.
  • I suppose it could have been some sort of hat rather than a balaclava.


late 19th century (denoting a garment worn originally by soldiers serving in the Crimean War): named after the village of Balaclava in the Crimea (see Balaclava, Battle of).

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