: an entertainment in India consisting chiefly of dancing by professional dancing girls

Word History


Hindi nāc & Urdu nāch, from Sanskrit nṛtya, from nṛtyati he dances

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nautch was in 1777

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Cite this Entry

“Nautch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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