babushka

babushka
noun Etymology: Russian, grandmother, diminutive of baba old woman Date: 1938 1. a. a usually triangularly folded kerchief for the head b. a head covering (as a scarf) resembling a babushka 2. an elderly Russian woman

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  • Babushka — ( ru. бабушка, IPA ru|ˈbabuʂkə Audio|ru babushka.ogg|listen) is a Russian word meaning grandmother, or more generally (but quite informally) old lady. In the English language the term may have the following meanings:*A type of headscarf tied… …   Wikipedia

  • babushka — (n.) type of head covering for women, 1938, from Rus. babushka grandmother …   Etymology dictionary

  • babushka — ► NOUN ▪ (in Russia) an old woman or grandmother. ORIGIN Russian, grandmother …   English terms dictionary

  • babushka — [bə boosh′kə] n. [Russ, grandmother, dim. of baba, old woman, orig. < baby talk: so named as frequent garb of old women] 1. an old Russian woman or grandmother 2. a kerchief or scarf worn on the head by a woman or girl and tied under the chin …   English World dictionary

  • babushka — /beuh boosh keuh, boohsh /, n. 1. a woman s scarf, often triangular, used as a hood with two of the ends tied under the chin. 2. an elderly Russian woman, esp. an elderly grandmother. [1935 40; < Russ bábushka grandmother, equiv. to báb(a) old… …   Universalium

  • babushka — ba•bush•ka [[t]bəˈbʊʃ kə, ˈbuʃ [/t]] n. pl. kas clo a woman s head scarf, shaped or folded in a triangle, worn with two ends tied under the chin • Etymology: 1935–40; < Russ bábushka grandmother, dim. of bába …   From formal English to slang

  • babushka — noun a) An old woman b) A woman’s headscarf, tied under the chin (this sense does not occur in Russian) …   Wiktionary

  • babushka —  A Russian grandmother; also a kind of scarf …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Babushka — (Russian grandmother) Ekaterina Breshkovskaya, revolutionary leader …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • babushka — n. bandana or kerchief folded and tied around the head; grandmother, old woman (Russian) …   English contemporary dictionary

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