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[nawch] /nɔtʃ/
(in India) an exhibition of dancing by professional dancing girls.
Also called nautch dance. a sinuous Oriental dance resembling the cooch.
Origin of nautch
1800-10; < Hindi nāch < Prakrit nachcha dancing Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then nautch girls and mummers, which, so early in the morning, were out of place; and so on.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
  • What kind of platform would be provided for the nautch Girl dance?

    The Smuggler's Cave

    George A. Birmingham
  • The Maharajah gave a nautch (native dance by women) that night.

  • What you want is an amalgamated lady bootblack and nautch dancer.

    The Happy End Joseph Hergesheimer
  • In order to lose no time she went at once to the prince and told him all about the nautch.

    Tales of the Sun Mrs. Howard Kingscote
  • To make up a nautch party more than seven persons are required.

    Tales of the Sun Mrs. Howard Kingscote
  • Moreover, she danced and sang more beautifully than any of the other nautch girls.

    Old Deccan Days M. Frere
  • Prince Monkey said to his wife, “I, too, will go and see this nautch.”

    Indian Fairy Tales Anonymous
  • On Thursday, after the work of the day, I went to see the nautch girls dance.

    Friend Mac Donald Max O'Rell
  • These were the "nautch girls," attached to this day to all Eastern courts.

British Dictionary definitions for nautch


  1. an intricate traditional Indian dance performed by professional dancing girls
  2. (as modifier): a nautch girl
Word Origin
C18: from Hindi nāc, from Sanskrit nrtya, from nrtyati he acts or dances
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