(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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nautch

Historical Examples of nautch

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for nautch




  1. an intricate traditional Indian dance performed by professional dancing girls
  2. (as modifier)a nautch girl

Word Origin for nautch

C18: from Hindi nāc, from Sanskrit nrtya, from nrtyati he acts or dances
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