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bayadere

[bahy-uh-deer, -der]
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noun
  1. a fabric with horizontal stripes of brilliant colors.
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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
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Examples from the Web for bayadere

Historical Examples

  • We also honored with our presence the bayadere communities, where only women dwell.

    Told by the Death's Head

    Mr Jkai

  • 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.

    Foes

    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

bayadere

noun
  1. a dancing girl, esp one serving in a Hindu temple
  2. a fabric or design with horizontal stripes, esp of a bright colour
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adjective
  1. (of fabric, etc) having horizontal stripes
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Word Origin

C18: via French from Portuguese bailadeira dancing girl, from bailar to dance, from Latin ballāre; see ball ²
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