1851, in the meaning defined above
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
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“Bayadere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bayadere. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.
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