One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A type of brimless round cocked hat with a cockade or ribbons attached, worn by certain Scottish regiments.
- ‘He is a specialist in the production of highland hats such as glengarries for pipers/drummers and balmorals for daywear use.’
- ‘Some purists insist that balmorals are not ‘berets’ but ‘civilians’ call a Scottish blue bonnet a beret.’
- ‘When a fedora, a bowler, a balmoral, a tam-o'-shanter, a Bombay Bowler, a pork-pie or a floppy-brimmed wideawake?’
- ‘For wear with battle dress beginning in 1939, tam o'shanters and balmorals were designated as field dress.’
2A heavy laced leather walking boot.
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- ‘Since balmorals are more formal than bluchers and broguing makes shoes less formal, where does this leave those shoes that are both brogued and balmorals?’
- ‘I believe balmorals should have a gap of ¼ " and bluchers about ¾ "; otherwise it looks so school-boyish.’
- ‘Bluchers are more appropriate than balmorals with jeans and business-casual, but balmorals are more appropriate with suits.’
Mid 19th century (in balmoral (sense 2)): named after Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
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