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

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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 Russian concept store owner Olga Karput also kicked back in style, hanging out like a Vetements babushka with a head kerchief and floral gloves. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Kim Kardashian West Wears Sparkly Underwear, Bella Hadid Channels the Future," 27 Jan. 2018 Other noteworthy moments: Solange should be inspiring your alt mirror selfies, Lili Sumner looks great in a purple coat even in front of an inappropriate backdrop, and Nadia Lee Cohen made a case for a silk babushka. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Everyone is On Vacation, Supreme is Big in Russia, and Solange Takes a Mirror Selfie," 12 Aug. 2017 Meredith Arwady unleashes her huge contralto as the comic babushka Amelfa. John Von Rhein,, "Steve Jobs opera in Santa Fe shows a troubled tech wizard in search of his humanity," 8 Aug. 2017 Liberals in the United States have always had good things to say about socialism, which is communism’s prettier younger sister who doesn’t wear a babushka or have a hairy mole on her cheek. Christine Flowers,, "When did Russia become a friend of America?," 13 July 2017

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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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