Odalisque meaning

ōdə-lĭsk
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An artistic representation, often highly eroticized, of such a slave.
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A woman slave in a harem.
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A conventionalized painting of a reclining odalisque as by Ingres or Matisse.
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(historical) A female slave in a harem, especially one in the Ottoman seraglio.
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A desirable or sexually attractive woman.
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A female slave or concubine in a harem.
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Origin of odalisque

  • French from Turkish ōdalik chambermaid ōdah room -lik suff. expressing function

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French, from Ottoman Turkish اوطه"ŒÙ„Ù‚ (odalık, “chambermaid"), from اوده (oda, “room").

    From Wiktionary