Odalisque O`da`lisque", n. [F., fr. Turk. odaliq chambermaid, fr. oda chamber, room.] A female slave or concubine in the harem of the Turkish sultan. [Written also {odahlic}, {odalisk}, and {odalik}.] [1913 Webster]

Not of those that men desire, sleek Odalisques, or oracles of mode. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

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  • odalisque — [ ɔdalisk ] n. f. • 1624; turc odalik ♦ Hist. Femme de chambre esclave qui était au service des femmes d un harem. Cour. et abusivt Femme d un harem. « L Odalisque couchée », tableau d Ingres. ● odalisque nom féminin (turc odaliq, de oda,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • odalisque — or odalisk [ō′də lisk΄] n. [Fr odalisque < Turk ōdalik, chambermaid < ōdah, chamber + lik, suffix expressing function] 1. a female slave or concubine in a harem 2. a conventionalized painting of a reclining odalisque as by Ingres or Matisse …   English World dictionary

  • odalisque — (n.) female slave in a harem, 1680s, from Fr. odalisque (1660s), from Turk. odaliq maidservant, from odah room in a harem, lit. chamber, hall, + liq, suffix expressing function. In French, the suffix was confused with Gk. isk(os) of the nature of …   Etymology dictionary

  • odalisque — ► NOUN historical ▪ a female slave or concubine in a harem. ORIGIN French, from Turkish oda chamber + lik function …   English terms dictionary

  • Odalisque — Une odalisque était une esclave vierge, qui pouvait monter jusqu au statut de concubine ou de femme dans les sérails ottomans, mais dont la plupart étaient au service du harem du sultan. Le mot vient du turc odalık, qui signifie « femme de… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Odalisque — This article is about the women in the Ottoman Empire. For other uses, see Odalisque (disambiguation). Grande Odalisque painted by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1814) An odalisque (Turkish: Odalık …   Wikipedia

  • odalisque — n. woman held in slavery or a kept woman (in the past in harems of the Middle East particularly Turkish harem); representation of an odalisque in art (such as a painting or sculpture); doxy, mistress; woman who lives together with an important… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • odalisque —    (oh dah LEESK) [French, from Turkish] A female concubine or slave in a harem; a painting or representation of such a person.    William painted her in the languorous pose of an odalisque …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • odalisque — noun Etymology: French, from Turkish odalık, from oda room Date: circa 1681 1. a female slave 2. a concubine in a harem …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ODALISQUE — s. f. Femme du sérail destinée aux plaisirs du sultan …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

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