Definition of balmoral in English:

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balmoral

Pronunciation: /ˌbalˈmôrəl/
(also Balmoral)

noun

1A type of brimless round cocked hat with a cockade or ribbons attached, worn by certain Scottish regiments.
Example sentences
  • When a fedora, a bowler, a balmoral, a tam-o'-shanter, a Bombay Bowler, a pork-pie or a floppy-brimmed wideawake?
  • Some purists insist that balmorals are not ‘berets’ but ‘civilians’ call a Scottish blue bonnet a beret.
  • He is a specialist in the production of highland hats such as glengarries for pipers/drummers and balmorals for daywear use.
2A heavy laced leather walking boot.
Example sentences
  • Bluchers are more appropriate than balmorals with jeans and business-casual, but balmorals are more appropriate with suits.
  • I believe balmorals should have a gap of ¼ " and bluchers about ¾ "; otherwise it looks so school-boyish.
  • Since balmorals are more formal than bluchers and broguing makes shoes less formal, where does this leave those shoes that are both brogued and balmorals?

Origin

Mid 19th century: named after Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: bal·mor·al

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