Definition of nautch in English:



  • (in South Asia) a traditional dance performed by professional dancing girls.

    as modifier ‘a nautch girl’
    • ‘There were performances by the ubiquitous nautch girls.’
    • ‘Weddings and other festive occasions are observed with much enthusiasm and are often celebrated with feasting, and sometimes with nautch girls.’
    • ‘It has the taint of the louche, as did its forebear, the nautch show.’
    • ‘Nobody would stand around long enough to view a nautch in its entirety.’
    • ‘They had ceased to patronise the nautch, and in its stead preferred English music or military bands.’
    • ‘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.’



/nôCH/ /nɔtʃ/


From Hindi nāc, from Prakrit nachcha, from Sanskrit nṛtya ‘dancing’.