Definition of bayadère in English:


Line breaks: baya|dère
Pronunciation: /ˌbʌɪəˈdɛː


A Hindu dancing girl, especially one at a southern Indian temple: the bayadère emerged from a Hindu temple to perform her ritual dance
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  • 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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