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also o·da·lisk  (ō′də-lĭsk′)
1. A woman slave in a harem.
2. An artistic representation, often highly eroticized, of such a slave.

[French, from alteration of Turkish odalık, chambermaid, female slave attending women of the harem : oda, room (from Old Turkic otāğ, tent, temporary dwellling of nomads, probably originally meaning "place where a fire is lit" and akin to ōt, fire) + -lık, suff. expressing function.]


(ˈəʊdəlɪsk) or


a female slave or concubine
[C17: via French, changed from Turkish ōdalik, from ōdah room + -lik n suffix]


or o•da•lisk

(ˈoʊd l ɪsk)

a female slave or concubine in a harem, esp. in that of the sultan of Turkey.
[1675–85; < French < Turkish odalIk concubine]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.odalisque - a woman slave in a harem
concubine, courtesan, doxy, paramour - a woman who cohabits with an important man


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"Now look here, when Olympia was shown at the Salon, Zola--amid the jeers of the Philistines and the hisses of the pompiers, the academicians, and the public, Zola said: `I look forward to the day when Manet's picture will hang in the Louvre opposite the Odalisque of Ingres, and it will not be the Odalisque which will gain by comparison.' It'll be there.
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Was I deceiving myself in seeing the lineaments of satisfied desire in the roof, a sort of reclining odalisque, however less voluptuous than the figures of the nudes?
Archaic though the image may be, the odalisque has a presence on the feminist art scene.
A closer look, however, reveals the North African model's unusual pose and facial expression, and the combination of atypical fashion accessories, including a boy's vest, as well as the model's relaxed and comfortable body language, seem neither to feed into fantasies of Oriental submissiveness nor present an overtly eroticized body--such as, for example, that of the enslaved odalisque, representing the tantalizing fantasy of a sexual encounter in an enclosed space.
Less than 5% of the artists in the Modern Art sections are women, but 85% of the nudes are female." The Ingres odalisque lounging across the poster, her bare posterior open to the (presumably male) gaze, was transformed into a Guerrilla Girl herself with the addition of a fang-baring rubber gorilla mask.
"Odalisque is a Turkish word, which means 'to belong to a place'.
Starting the first episode you might say that Abd al-Zaher is a very loyal, patriotic and rebel officer backing Urabi Revolution against any foreign interference inside his country; but later on, when you see how much he cannot overcome his pride or the surrounding society traditions to admits his feelings towards his loving odalisque, you would describe him as a 'phony' person whom you may love, hate or even pity sometimes.
breakfast mimosas, lazes like Ingres' Grande Odalisque, drunk past