• WordNet 3.6
    • n odalisque a woman slave in a harem
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Odalisque A female slave or concubine in the harem of the Turkish sultan. "Not of those that men desire, sleek Odalisques , or oracles of mode."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Odalisque ō′da-lisk a female slave in a harem.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. Turk. odaliq, chambermaid, fr. oda, chamber, room
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Turk. oda, a chamber.


In literature:

If "odalisque" had been what Ray called an objectionable word, he would have thrown the picture out in the first place.
"Song of the Lark" by Willa Cather
He has sewn up ever so many odalisques in sacks and tilted them into the Nile.
"Vanity Fair" by William Makepeace Thackeray
And his dalliance, his tangential nocturnal deviations in gondolas with exquisite twin odalisques!
"The Grim Smile of the Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
Shall I be accused of harbouring a bevy of odalisques at No.
"The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne" by William J. Locke
Alone with the girl, Sturm put on the airs of a Prussianized pasha condescending to a new odalisque.
"Red Masquerade" by Louis Joseph Vance
This revelation of the odalisque in his Rachel enchanted Louis, and incidentally it also enchanted Rachel.
"The Price of Love" by Arnold Bennett
And then he caught sight of a familiar pair of gray eyes smiling over the white veil of an odalisque.
"The Fortieth Door" by Mary Hastings Bradley
Now appeared, as a central figure, an odalisque.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I. February, 1862, No. II." by Various
He represented her as a Jewish bride, as Flora, as an Odalisque, a Judith, a Susanna, and a Bathsheba.
"Rembrandt" by Estelle M. Hurll
My odalisques had become civilised.
"French and Oriental Love in a Harem" by Mario Uchard

In poetry:

Onyx-eyed Odalisques
and ornithologists
the flight
of Eros obsolete
"Lunar Baedeker" by Mina Loy
Swift through the doubly-guarded stream,
Shoots the caïque 'neath oarsmen brisk,
While from its cushioned cradle gleam
The eyes of yashmaked odalisque.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
``Wherewith men buy what crafty barter brings,—
Greater the gain, more hazardous the risks,—
Toil from the many, coronets from Kings,
And lust from odalisques.
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin
How like, how unlike, as we view them together,
The song of the minstrels whose record we scan,—
One fresh as the breeze blowing over the heather,
One sweet as the breath from an odalisque's fan!
"For the Moore Centennial Celebration" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Foley's 'Odalisque' yacht finds choppy political waters.
Henri Matisse 's "Odalisque in Red Pants," left, and the fake used to replaced it.
Foley's ' Odalisque ' yacht finds choppy political waters.
Henri Matisse 's "Odalisque in Red Pants," left, and the fake used to replaced it.
"Odalisque in Red Pants" was reported stolen from a Venezuelan museum in 2002.