from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fabric with contrasting horizontal stripes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A female dancer
- n. A type of fabric having strongly contrasting stripes
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A female dancer in the East Indies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An East Indian dancing girl.
- n. A weave of fabrics in which stripes run transversely instead of longitudinally.
- Applied as a distinctive epithet to textile fabrics horizontally striped, of which various kinds were used for curtains, skirts, etc.: as, a bayadere grenadine, a bayadere skirt.
French bayadère, from Portuguese bailadeira, dancer, from bailar, to dance, from Late Latin ballāre; see ball2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French bayadère (Wiktionary)