- 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 odalisk
Historical Examples of odalisk
The odalisk followed every movement of the young hero with burning eyes.
The odalisk, laughing loudly, flung herself on Hassan's neck.
"Hamaliel hath brought me evil dreams," returns the odalisk.
The odalisk looked into his face and could read there everything which had happened.
And with these words he whisked away the veil from the head of the odalisk.Halil the Pedlar
- a female slave or concubine
Word Origin 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."