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

Examples of balaclava in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It can be worn like a balaclava or a neck gaiter, or any number of other ways. Matt Jancer, Wired, 20 Nov. 2021 The balaclava bib is certainly the quirkiest piece in the collection—where did that come from? Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Oct. 2021 On new charges in May, a jury found the man guilty on two counts of possessing objectionable videos, both of which showed Islamic State group imagery, including the group’s flag and a man in a black balaclava holding a semi-automatic weapon. Nick Perry, ajc, 4 Sep. 2021 Dean was carrying thermal leggings, a jacket, a balaclava and rationed snacks but ran out of drinking water before he was found, the sheriff's office said. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, 11 May 2021 They’re parked behind a Wienerschnitzel somewhere in L.A. Two are wearing rubber clown masks and the third, the driver, is donning a black balaclava and staring ahead with getaway-car focus. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2021 Canada Goose sells a Convertible Toque that unfolds into a balaclava, too. Zoe Malin, NBC News, 8 Mar. 2021 And according to Instagram and runways alike, that accessory is a balaclava. Eliza Huber,, 2 Mar. 2021 Wear a hat and gloves, of course, along with a neck gaiter or balaclava on very cold days, and don’t forget eye protection. Pamela Wright,, 1 Jan. 2021

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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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26 Nov 2021

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“Balaclava.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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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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