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[bahy-uh-deer, -der] /ˈbaɪ əˌdɪər, -ˌdɛr/
a fabric with horizontal stripes of brilliant colors.
Origin of bayadere
1855-60; < French: a professional female dancer of India < Portuguese bailadeira, feminine of bailador dancer (baila(r) to dance (see ball2) + -dor < Latin -tor -tor); apparently in reference to the fabrics worn by such dancers Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • We also honored with our presence the bayadere communities, where only women dwell.

  • bayadere, a dancing-girl in India, dressed in loose Eastern costume.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • And Bettina, the bayadere, who imitates Mignon's egg-dance, has nothing whatever to do with work.

  • The reflection of a greater thing claimed her and taught her, held her like a bayadere in a temple court.


    Mary Johnston
  • Close by, a mat, as pretty as the bayadere who once lay upon it, still gave out a faint scent of sandal wood.

    The Magic Skin Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for bayadere


/ˌbaɪəˈdɪə; -ˈdɛə/
a dancing girl, esp one serving in a Hindu temple
a fabric or design with horizontal stripes, esp of a bright colour
(of fabric, etc) having horizontal stripes
Word Origin
C18: via French from Portuguese bailadeira dancing girl, from bailar to dance, from Latin ballāre; see ball²
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