ba·​bush·​ka | \ bə-ˈbüsh-kə How to pronounce babushka (audio) , -ˈbu̇sh- How to pronounce babushka (audio) , ba- \

Definition of babushka

1a : a usually triangularly folded kerchief for the head
b : a head covering (such as a scarf) resembling a babushka
2a : grandmother Until my own babushka's generation very specific clothes were assigned to specific classes, specific hairstyles distinguishing married from unmarried women.— Francine du Plessix Gray
b : an elderly Russian woman … I jostled among babushkas clutching bags of food for a place on the bus …— Gary Lee

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Examples of babushka in a Sentence

an elderly Russian woman with a babushka
Recent Examples on the Web Following in the footsteps of rapper A$AP Rocky and model Kendall Jenner, Jaden Smith became the latest style star to sport a babushka. Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Gwyneth Paltrow, Diplo, and More," 28 Sep. 2019 Now, Rocky is giving us a behind-the-scenes look at the process behind his signature babushka. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "How to Tie a Babushka, According to A$AP Rocky," 12 Dec. 2019 In one image, a babushka boy rocks a dainty scarf to punctuate a clean white Polo shirt; in another, a show-goer wears a floor-sweeping scarlet dress resembling papal robes. Stephen Tayo, Vogue, "The Best Street Style at Lagos Fashion Week," 28 Oct. 2019 Players are plugged into wider, more daring menswear trends as well—just this past week, following in the footsteps of A$AP Rocky, Frank Ocean, and football player Cam Newton, Clarkson wore a charming silk babushka knotted under his chin. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "@LeagueFits Is the Instagram Account Putting Basketball Fashion Into the Spotlight," 31 Oct. 2019 Fishman isn’t the only one who has come to love the food of his babushka. Deena Prichep, Washington Post, "Even one of Trump’s favorite foods has a hidden Russia connection," 30 July 2019 Vogueworld The Babushka Scarf Is Having a Full Blown Renaissance The babushka has been having a renaissance. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Babushka Scarf Is Having a Full Blown Renaissance," 22 Apr. 2019 NORGE BANK Russia’s central-bank governor Elvira Nabiullina went one step further in December, breaking into song in a slick music video that also featured a dabbing babushka. Tom Fairless, WSJ, "Coming to a Festival Near You: Friendly Central Bankers," 28 May 2018 Instead of hats, the Moscow crew favors silk babushka-like headscarves and, on sunny days, teeny-tiny sunglasses. Style Du Monde, Vogue, "The Best Street Style From Russia Fashion Week Fall ’18," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of babushka

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for babushka

Russian, grandmother, diminutive of baba old woman

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11 Feb 2020

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“Babushka.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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