Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

balalaika

play
noun bal·a·lai·ka \ˌba-lə-ˈlī-kə\

Definition of balalaika

  1. :  a usually 3-stringed instrument of Russian origin with a triangular body played by plucking or strumming



Illustration of balalaika

Origin of balalaika

Russian


First Known Use: 1780


Learn More about balalaika


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up balalaika? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

196.5 pounds 16.96 pounds 2.2 pounds 100 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ