Definition of odalisque in US English:

odalisque

(also odalisk)

noun

historical
  • A female slave or concubine in a harem, especially one in the seraglio of the Sultan of Turkey.

    • ‘Fantasies of decadent odalisques can be dismissed, the harem was essentially the domain of the first wife and a power base for women.’
    • ‘In 1992 it closed, and now it's full of clove smoke and odalisques.’
    • ‘But so gaudy a style made her look like a pampered odalisque rather than the mother of the future king.’
    boyfriend, girlfriend, man friend, woman friend, lady friend, lady-love, beau, loved one, beloved, love, darling, sweetheart
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Origin

Late 17th century: from French, from Turkish odalik, from oda ‘chamber’ + lik ‘function’.

Pronunciation

odalisque

/ˈōdlˌisk//ˈoʊdlˌɪsk/