[bahy-uh-deer, -der]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bayadere

Historical Examples of bayadere

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

  • 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.


    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



a dancing girl, esp one serving in a Hindu temple
a fabric or design with horizontal stripes, esp of a bright colour


(of fabric, etc) having horizontal stripes

Word Origin for bayadere

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