bal·​a·​cla·​va | \ ˌba-lə-ˈklä-və How to pronounce balaclava (audio) , -ˈkla- How to pronounce balaclava (audio) \

Definition of balaclava

: a knit cap for the head and neck

called also balaclava helmet

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An image of the shooter captured by Fox showed the man wearing a balaclava and a heavy vest and carrying a rifle. Jamie Stengle, The Denver Post, "Masked gunman killed in shootout at Dallas courthouse," 17 June 2019 In February, the brand apologized and removed from its online and physical stores a turtleneck black wool balaclava sweater that could be pulled over the chin and nose. Anita Snow, The Seattle Times, "Sikhs say Nordstrom apologized for turban, waiting for Gucci," 19 May 2019 The move comes just a few months after Gucci was called out for selling a balaclava sweater for looking too similar to blackface. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Nordstrom Pulls Gucci Turban From Website After Facing Criticism," 17 May 2019 The new initiative comes after the brand received backlash over a balaclava sweater resembling blackface last month. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gucci Announces Changemakers Program to Improve Diversity and Inclusion," 18 Mar. 2019 Since Gucci apologized and pulled the balaclava sweater from shelves in February, fans of the brand have been asking them to do more to make a change. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Gucci Launches Changemakers Program and Diversity Initiative," 18 Mar. 2019 Teens smoked cigarettes through ski masks and balaclavas. Joshua Partlow,, "Inside the church where Nicaraguan paramilitaries laid siege on university students," 14 July 2018 To finish the outfit off, hot glue cardboard ears to a headband or balaclava. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "4 Great Halloween Costumes From the PM Archives," 11 Oct. 2018 Don’t have a lavender Molly Goddard gown in your closet or a Gucci balaclava? Madeline Fass, Vogue, "How to Get Rihanna’s Bad Gal Style on a Budget—$150 or Less," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of balaclava

1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for balaclava

Balaclava, Crimea, site of a British encampment during the Crimean War

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The first known use of balaclava was in 1902

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English Language Learners Definition of balaclava

: a warm hat that covers the head, neck, and most of the face

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