from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of dancer popular in Egypt in the 19th century, who danced in a style similar to the belly dance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In Egypt, a degraded class of public dancers, male and female, by some considered a race of Gipsies, devoted to the amusement of the lowest populace: sometimes erroneously confounded with the almas. See alma. Also ghaziyeh.


From Arabic the plural غوازي‎ (singular غازية), the feminine of غازي ghazi "raider, aggressor, conqueror". The dancers were so called because they were said to "conquer" the hearts of their audience. (Wiktionary)


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