Definitions

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.

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • In their childhood he had drawn for her amusement Spanish galleons, the domes of Mogul palaces, and a fantastic damsel, that he called a bayadere, languishing on a balcony.

    Sacrifice

  • Battle of the Nek bayadere beards bears beauty beaver becoming headgear

    Switching off the media

  • Battle of the Nek bayadere beards bears beaver becoming headgear

    Palm Sunday

  • Close by, a mat, as pretty as the bayadere who once lay upon it, still gave out a faint scent of sandal wood.

    The Magic Skin

  • The ordinary bayadere is so common an object in India as to attract but little notice from anyone of refined tastes, but this girl, judging from the chaste beauty of her movements, was of a very different type.

    The Darrow Enigma

  • There were a half-dozen or more white muslin gowns, flounced and trimmed with valenciennes lace, many yards; there was a rich bayadere silk gown trimmed fully with guipure lace; a green silk dress with gold embroidery; a blue-and-silver brocade, — these last evening gowns.

    My day : reminiscences of a long life,

  • For the time, at any rate, the neat dexterity of counting and numbering machines, building machines, spinning engines, patent doorways, explosive motors, grain and water elevators, slaughter-house machines and harvesting appliances, was more fascinating to Graham than any bayadere.

    When the Sleeper Wakes

  • (Ma bayadere aux yeux de jais) "He thinks of me to-day."

    Margot Asquith, an Autobiography - Two Volumes in One

  • The reflection of a greater thing claimed her and taught her, held her like a bayadere in a temple court.

    Foes

  • Bertha had chosen a blue and white silk of a bayadere stripe, with lace ruffles at the neck and wrists and a skirt of voluminous fulness.

    Patty's Summer Days

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