Definition of balalaika in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbaləˈlīkə/


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A guitarlike musical instrument with a triangular body and two, three, or four strings, popular in Russia and other Slavic countries.
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.


Late 18th century: from Russian, of Tatar origin.

Words that rhyme with balalaika

biker, duiker, Formica, hiker, mica, pica, pika, piker, striker

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Syllabification: bal·a·lai·ka

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