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or odalisk

[ohd-l-isk] /ˈoʊd l ɪsk/
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
1675-85; < French, alteration of earlier odalique (with -s- perhaps from -esque -esque) < Turkish odalιk concubine, equivalent to oda room + -lιk noun suffix of appurtenance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for odalisque
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  • I have dreamed that I was an odalisque, dear—after smoking, you know.

    Dope Sax Rohmer
  • Sickly perfumes, as from the fan of an odalisque, swept over them.

    The Drunkard Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • To a lonely man such as I then was, the thought of having an odalisque about, was very comforting.

  • To his surprise he found that it was not there; the odalisque had taken it.

  • Much relieved, Mr. Middleton prepared to depart and the odalisque saw she was not to be included in his departure.

  • The odalisque had vanished in this chill and matter-of-fact housewife.

    The Price of Love Arnold Bennett
  • The odalisque had anchored in the bay late on the previous night.

    Barren Honour: A Novel George A. Lawrence
  • I always thought a pagoda was a sort of odalisque—isn't that right?

    Austin and His Friends Frederic H. Balfour
  • Otherwise the relation degrades her; she is little better than an odalisque; and such I decline to see you.

    A Speckled Bird Augusta J. Evans Wilson
  • And then he caught sight of a familiar pair of gray eyes smiling over the white veil of an odalisque.

    The Fortieth Door Mary Hastings Bradley
British Dictionary definitions for odalisque


a female slave or concubine
Word Origin
C17: via French, changed from Turkish ōdalik, from ōdah room + -lik n suffix
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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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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