bal·​a·​lai·​ka | \ ˌba-lə-ˈlī-kə How to pronounce balalaika (audio) \

Definition of balalaika

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

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Examples of balalaika in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Karokhina will play the balalaika and Smirnov will sing and play the guitar and garmoshka. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 25 July 2017

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First Known Use of balalaika

1780, in the meaning defined above

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“Balalaika.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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