ba·​ya·​dere ˈbī-ə-ˌdir How to pronounce bayadere (audio)
: a fabric with horizontal stripes in strongly contrasted colors

Word History


borrowed from French bayadère, attributive use of bayadère "professional female dancer in India," borrowed from Portuguese bailhadera "female dancer," derivative of bailhar "to dance," going back to Late Latin ballāre — more at ball entry 3

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bayadere was in 1851

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Cite this Entry

“Bayadere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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