bayadere

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French bayadère

Noun[edit]

bayadere (plural bayaderes)

  1. (countable, dated) A female dancer
    • 1876, Various, Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. XVII, No. 99, March, 1876[1]:
      Her performance being finished, the bayadere was succeeded by others, each of whom appeared to have her specialty--one imitating by her postures a serpent-charmer; another quite unequivocally representing a man-charmer; another rapidly executing what seemed an interminable pirouette.
    • 1899, H.G. Wells, The Sleeper Awakes[2]:
      For the time, at any rate, the neat dexterity of counting and numbering machines, building machines, spinning engines, patent doorways, explosive motors, grain and water elevators, slaughter-house machines and harvesting appliances, was more fascinating to Graham than any bayadere.
    • 1918, Mary Johnston, Foes[3]:
      The reflection of a greater thing claimed her and taught her, held her like a bayadere in a temple court.
  2. A type of fabric having strongly contrasting stripes
    • 1906, Carolyn Wells, Patty's Summer Days[4]:
      Bertha had chosen a blue and white silk of a bayadere stripe, with lace ruffles at the neck and wrists and a skirt of voluminous fulness.