babushka

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Russian ба́бушка (bábuška, grandmother, granny), diminutive of ба́ба (bába, old woman).

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Noun[edit]

babushka (plural babushkas)

  1. An old woman.
  2. A woman’s headscarf, tied under the chin.
    • 1982, TC Boyle, Water Music, Penguin 2006, p. 78:
      The crowd falls silent, momentarily stunned, while a heavyset woman in a babushka pushes her way through, broadcasting the news […].
  3. Russian doll, matryoshka

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Usage notes[edit]

  • Note that the Russian term ба́бушка (bábuška, grandmother, granny; old woman) doesn't have the sense "Russian doll, matryoshka" or "woman’s headscarf".