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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
References in periodicals archive ?
During the First World War, people on the Home Front would often knit items such as scarfs and balaclava helmets for the troops on the front line.
Facial thermal wear might not be the height of fashion, but surely now is the time for Balaclava helmets to be made available on the NHS
A witness due to give evidence at the Birmingham postal ballot-rigging trial said he was too frightened to attend court yesterday after four men disguised in balaclava helmets appeared threateningly outside his house.
Rapid heat loss can occur from the head, so head coverings, ranging from balaclava helmets to bump caps or insulated safety helmets, will be required
Officers uncovered bogus uniforms, two-way radios, plastic ties, sledge- hammers and balaclava helmets.