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babushka

[buh-boo sh-kuh, -boosh-] /bəˈbʊʃ kə, -ˈbuʃ-/
noun
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, especially an elderly grandmother.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; < Russian bábushka grandmother, equivalent to báb(a) old woman + -ushka diminutive suffix
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  • She wore a mid-calf navy skirt, a white shirt, a green-and-yellow babushka.
  • She was dressed only in several layers of sweaters, a babushka and hand-sewn cloth gloves.
British Dictionary definitions for babushka

babushka

/bəˈbuːʃkə/
noun
1.
a headscarf tied under the chin, worn by Russian peasant women
2.
(in Russia) an old woman
Word Origin
Russian: grandmother, from baba old woman
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Word Origin and History for babushka
n.

type of head covering for women, 1938, from Russian babushka "grandmother."

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