Definition of bayadère in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbīəˌder/


A Hindu dancing girl, in particular one at a southern Indian temple.
Example sentences
  • It tells of the bayadère (temple dancer) Nikiya who loves the warrior Solor.
  • The two variations of the four bayadères in the 2nd Act are indeed the ones previously seen before and after the Grand Pas.
  • Gamzatti is so furious, that she also decides to have the bayadère killed.


From French, from Portuguese bailadeira, from bailar 'to dance' (related to medieval Latin ballare 'to dance').

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Syllabification: ba·ya·dère

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