Definition of odalisque in English:

odalisque

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Pronunciation: /ˈəʊd(ə)lɪsk
 
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noun

historical
  • 1A female slave or concubine in a harem, especially one in the seraglio of the Sultan of Turkey.
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    • But so gaudy a style made her look like a pampered odalisque rather than the mother of the future king.
    • In 1992 it closed, and now it's full of clove smoke and odalisques.
    • Fantasies of decadent odalisques can be dismissed, the harem was essentially the domain of the first wife and a power base for women.
  • 1.1An exotic, sexually attractive woman: you do not have to learn to paint an odalisque like Matisse
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    • Here we saw that the tradition of the odalisque could be painted in Native American as well as Middle Eastern guise.
    • Rabinyan presents us with a world in which Persian odalisques lie wistfully, like tantalising fruit, where a certain lyricism pervades the air.
    • His Grande odalisque, with her soft, curving body and dream-like face, bewildered critics at the Salon of 1819.

Origin

late 17th century: from French, from Turkish odalik, from oda 'chamber' + lik 'function'.

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