- a female slave or concubine in a harem
- a conventionalized painting of a reclining odalisque as by Ingres or Matisse
Origin of odalisqueFrench odalisque from Turkish ?dalik, chambermaid from ?dah, chamber + -lik, suffix expressing function
- A woman slave in a harem.
- An artistic representation, often highly eroticized, of such a slave.
Origin of odalisqueFrench from alteration of Turkish odalık chambermaid, female slave attending women of the harem oda room ( from Old Turkic otāğ tent, temporary dwellling of nomads ) ( probably originally meaning ”place where a fire is lit” and akin to ōt fire ) -lık suff. expressing function
From French, from Ottoman Turkish Ø§ÙˆØ·Ù‡"ŒÙ„Ù‚ (odalÄ±k, “chambermaid"), from Ø§ÙˆØ¯Ù‡ (oda, “room").