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A knitted cap covering the head and neck with an opening for the eyes or face, used as cold-weather gear especially by soldiers, mountain climbers, and skiers.

[After Balaklava.]


(ˌbæləˈklɑːvə) or

Balaclava helmet

(Clothing & Fashion) (often not capitals) a close-fitting woollen hood that covers the ears and neck, as originally worn by soldiers in the Crimean War
[C19: named after Balaklava]


(ˌbæl əˈklɑ və)

n., pl. -vas.
a knitted cap that covers the head, neck, and upper shoulders.
[1880–85; after Balaklava]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.balaclava - a cap that is close-fitting and woolen and covers all of the head but the facebalaclava - a cap that is close-fitting and woolen and covers all of the head but the face
cap - a tight-fitting headdress


[ˌbæləˈklɑːvə] N (also balaclava helmet) → pasamontañas m inv


[ˌbæləˈklɑːvə] n (= hat) → passe-montagne m; (child's)cagoule f


n (also Balaclava helmet)Kapuzenmütze f


[ˌbæləˈklɑːvə] n (also balaclava helmet) → passamontagna m inv
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