Definition of balalaika in English:

balalaika

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Pronunciation: /ˌbaləˈlʌɪkə
 
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noun

  • A Russian musical instrument like a guitar with a triangular body and typically three strings.
    More example sentences
    • All the chorus writing, including some clarinet-led boat music in which strings imitate a balalaika, a wedding song that yields to anguish, some vigorous, aggressive Polish bravado, and the noble imperial finale, is dramatic and vivid.
    • You can hear every pure delightful twang and warble of every guitar, gadulka, balalaika and harp and in a couple of tracks a clarinet cuts the melody with a compelling slice of romance.
    • Now he straightened his embroidered jerkin and fluffed his lace cuffs with a fastidious air, and the strings of the balalaika on his back sang gently as he shrugged.

Origin

late 18th century: from Russian, of Tartar origin.

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