[ bahy-uh-deer, -der ]

  1. 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

Words Nearby bayadere Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use bayadere in a sentence

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

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

  • And Bettina, the bayadere, who imitates Mignon's egg-dance, has nothing whatever to do with work.

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

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia | Edited by Rev. James Wood

British Dictionary definitions for bayadere


/ (ˌbaɪəˈdɪə, -ˈdɛə) /

  1. a dancing girl, esp one serving in a Hindu temple

  2. a fabric or design with horizontal stripes, esp of a bright colour

  1. (of fabric, etc) having horizontal stripes

Origin of bayadere

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

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