One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Hindu dancing girl, especially one at a southern Indian temple.
- ‘Nikiya, the most beautiful of the bayadères (temple dancers), has been chosen to be consecrated the lead temple dancer and she and the young warrior, Solor, are very much in love.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘One of the bayadères rose with a lithe and supple movement of the body not comparable to anything save the slow separating of a white scud from the main cloud which one sees on a summer's day high up in the cirrus regions.’
From French, from Portuguese bailadeira, from bailar ‘to dance’ (related to medieval Latin ballare ‘to dance’).
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