Definition of nayika in US English:

nayika

noun

South Asian
  • In the performing arts (especially dance) of India: a lead female role; specifically a female lover or mistress, a romantic heroine in drama.

Origin

Late 19th century. From Sanskrit nāyikā, feminine form corresponding to nāyaka nayaka.

Pronunciation

nayika

/ˈnʌɪ(j)iːkə/