oda·​lisque | \ ˈō-də-ˌlisk How to pronounce odalisque (audio) \

Definition of odalisque

1 : a female slave
2 : a concubine in a harem

Examples of odalisque in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The odalisque is a forensic image that details the violence to which the black female body can be subjected. Longreads, "A Minor Figure," 20 July 2019 Henry Moore wanted timeless nature to be seen through the signature holes in his monumental, semi-abstract odalisques, but in Lucas’ sculptures enduring culture is what gets glimpsed. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Sarah Lucas show at the Hammer Museum is naked but definitely not afraid," 17 July 2019 His boys are coy, knowing, and lithe; the male odalisque, in a state of opulent undress, is a favorite leitmotif. Christopher Alessandrini, The New York Review of Books, "‘Boys Do It Better’: The Paintings of Louis Fratino," 18 May 2019 Vicky may initially present herself as mere odalisque to be molded and shaped by the Great Man. Ann Hornaday, miamiherald, "‘Phantom Thread’: A sensuous story about the male gaze, and a muse who subverts it | Miami Herald," 17 Jan. 2018 The odalisque, an image of a reclining nude, conjoins two distinct categories of the commodity: the slave and the prostitute. Longreads, "A Minor Figure," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of odalisque

circa 1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for odalisque

French, from Turkish odalık, from oda room

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“Odalisque.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odalisque. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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