Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


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.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˌbæl əˈklɑ və)

n., pl. -vas.
a knitted cap that covers the head, neck, and upper shoulders.
[1880–85; after Balaklava]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


[ˌbæləˈklɑːvə] N (also balaclava helmet) → pasamontañas m inv
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˌbæləˈklɑːvə] n (= hat) → passe-montagne m; (child's)cagoule f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


n (also Balaclava helmet)Kapuzenmütze f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ˌbæləˈklɑːvə] n (also balaclava helmet) → passamontagna m inv
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in periodicals archive ?
Later on officers found the car abandoned, and inside found gloves and a balaclava.
DRUGS, cash and a balaclava have been seized as a bungling dealer dropped his 'stash' after a dramatic police chase in Walsall.
Next question, why didn't Balaclava Woman Lisa, played by Rochenda Sandall, kill the female copper?
It's "Balaclava knit top black," that costs almost $900, sparked social media outrage, with several users suggesting it resembles blackface.
IWAS asked an interesting question this week that I might have taken as ageist if it hadn't come from my wife: 'Do you want a balaclava?' As the temperatures begin to drop, she was studying one of those tiny catalogues that come through the post, offering everything from torches with the power of 1,000 lanterns to garden gadgets that enable you to wash the upstairs windows while still standing on the downstairs patio.
He had a balaclava in his back pocket and was carrying a bottle."
Nike has been criticized for selling a balaclava that looks "menacing," and which critics say could incite gang violence, CNBC reports.
A huge combat knife has been seized inWestminsterfrom a male suspect who was allegedly found carrying a balaclava, gloves and drugs.
MENTION balaclava today, and for most it's woolly headgear.
MENTION balaclava today and for most it's woolly headgear.