[oh-duh, oh-dah]

noun, plural o·das, o·da, o·da·lar [oh-duh-lahr] /ˌoʊ dəˈlɑr/.

a room within a harem.

Origin of oda

1615–25; < Turkish: room
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Contemporary Examples of oda

  • At one point, the CIA went behind ODA 574's back to request a platoon of Rangers.

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    January 18, 2010

Historical Examples of oda

British Dictionary definitions for oda


abbreviation for (in Britain, formerly)

Overseas Development Administration, now superseded by the Department for International Development (DFID)
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Word Origin and History for oda

room in a harem, 1620s, from Turkish odah "hall, chamber."

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