nautch

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Borrowed from Hindi नाच (nāc) / ناچ(nāc).

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nautch (plural nautches)

  1. A dance in South Asia, performed by professional dancing girls. [from 18th c.]
    • 1924, EM Forster, A Passage to India, Penguin 2005, p. 65:
      ‘We will punish no one, no one,’ he repeated, ‘and in the evening we will give a great banquet with a nautch, and lovely girls shall shine on every side of the tank […].’

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