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balaclava Line breaks: bala|clava
Pronunciation: /ˌbaləˈklɑːvə/
(also balaclava helmet)

Definition of balaclava in English:


Image of balaclava chiefly British
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 (worn originally by soldiers on active service in the Crimean War): named after the port of Balaclava in the Crimea (see Balaclava, Battle of).

  • A balaclava was first a type of woollen covering for the head and neck worn by soldiers on active service in the Crimean War ( 1854), and was named after the village of Balaclava in the Crimea.

Words that rhyme with balaclava

Bratislava, carver, cassava, Costa Brava, guava, Java, kava, larva, lava, palaver

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