- a female slave or concubine in a harem, especially in that of the sultan of Turkey.
- (initial capital letter) any of a number of representations of such a woman or of a similar subject, as by Ingres or Matisse.
Origin of odalisque
Examples from the Web for odalisque
The odalisque arrived last night, and I am in a great quandary.The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton
Wardon Allan Curtis
This had been begun forty years before, at the time of the early “Bathers” and “Odalisque.”Ingres
A. J. Finberg
An odalisque in the seraglio can love the Sultan with all her might.The Red and the Black
Sickly perfumes, as from the fan of an odalisque, swept over them.The Drunkard
Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
Underneath the picture was printed the title, "The Odalisque."Song of the Lark
- a female slave or concubine
Word Origin and History for odalisque
"female slave in a harem," 1680s, from French odalisque (1660s), from Turkish odaliq "maidservant," from odah "room in a harem," literally "chamber, hall," + -liq, suffix expressing function. In French, the suffix was confused with Greek -isk(os) "of the nature of, belonging to."