odalisque

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English[edit]

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Odalisque painted by Jules Joseph Lefebvre (1874)

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Etymology[edit]

From French, from Ottoman Turkish اوطه‌لق (odalık, chambermaid), from اوده (oda, room).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈəʊd(ə)lɪsk/, /ˈɒd(ə)lɪsk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈoʊdlɪsk/, /oʊdlˈisk/

Noun[edit]

odalisque (plural odalisques)

  1. (historical) A female slave in a harem, especially one in the Ottoman seraglio.
  2. A desirable or sexually attractive woman.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, fourth edition (2008): "odalisque"

French[edit]

Noun[edit]

odalisque f (plural odalisques)

  1. odalisque

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