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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. 2017.
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  • The great artist has painted nautch girls twisting their floating scarves, and jugglers throwing poignards into the air.

    Serge Panine, Complete Georges Ohnet
  • What kind of platform would be provided for the nautch Girl dance?

    The Smuggler's Cave George A. Birmingham
  • He asked G. to come back to a private conference for two hours before the nautch, which he is to give us to-morrow.

    Up the Country Emily Eden
  • The Maharajah gave a nautch (native dance by women) that night.

  • I drank tea, ate fruit, and smoked, while musicians and nautch women went through their performances.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • Moreover, she danced and sang more beautifully than any of the other nautch girls.

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

    Indian Fairy Tales Anonymous
  • Prince Monkey was sitting looking on at the nautch when suddenly his heart told him his wife had burnt his skin.

    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
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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