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[bal-uh-klah-vuh; Russian buh-luh-klah-vuh] /ˌbæl əˈklɑ və; Russian bə lʌˈklɑ və/
a seaport in S Crimea, in the S Ukraine, on the Black Sea: scene of English cavalry charge against Russians (1854), celebrated in Tennyson's poem Charge of the Light Brigade. Unabridged
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  • All our efforts to find the pony being useless, I made up my mind to walk back to Balaklava.

  • I forgot to mention the sleeping arrangements of the "Balaklava."

    Acadia Frederic S. Cozzens
  • Two days after, having travelled through forests and over mountains in order to avoid detection, I found myself at Balaklava.

  • The sun was already risen when I came out on the deck of the "Balaklava;" but where was the sun?

    Acadia Frederic S. Cozzens
  • I cannot, however, go to head-quarters till morning, as I have no pony at Balaklava.

  • I took his counsel, and at noon next day we dropped anchor at Balaklava.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • The event which this poem describes occurred at Balaklava in the Crimea, October 25th, 1854.

  • For the first two miles from Balaklava it was worked by a locomotive.

  • The harbor of Balaklava was but ill-suited for the requirements of a large army.

    Jack Archer G. A. Henty
  • Some gentlemen are with her now—Doctor Henderson and your Balaklava chaplain.

British Dictionary definitions for Balaklava


/ˌbæləˈklɑːvə; Russian bəlaˈklavə/
a small port in Ukraine, in S Crimea: scene of an inconclusive battle (1854), which included the charge of the Light Brigade, during the Crimean War
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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