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nautch

[nawch] /nɔtʃ/
noun
1.
(in India) an exhibition of dancing by professional dancing girls.
2.
Also called nautch dance. a sinuous Oriental dance resembling the cooch.
Origin of nautch
1800-1810
1800-10; < Hindi nāch < Prakrit nachcha dancing
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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

nautch

/nɔːtʃ/
noun
1.
  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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