One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in South Asia) a traditional dance performed by professional dancing girls.
- ‘She writes of being a spectator in an exotic world of jugglers, tumblers, snake charmers, fire-eaters, and nautch girls.’
- ‘They would send me portraits of fabulous guys with beards, smoking hookahs and watching nautch girls.’
- ‘Nobody would stand around long enough to view a nautch in its entirety.’
- ‘Weddings and other festive occasions are observed with much enthusiasm and are often celebrated with feasting, and sometimes with nautch girls.’
- ‘There were performances by the ubiquitous nautch girls.’
- ‘They had ceased to patronise the nautch, and in its stead preferred English music or military bands.’
- ‘It has the taint of the louche, as did its forebear, the nautch show.’
From Hindi nāc, from Prakrit nachcha, from Sanskrit nṛtya ‘dancing’.
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