odalisque

noun
oda·lisque | \ˈō-də-ˌlisk \

Definition of odalisque 

1 : a female slave

2 : a concubine in a harem

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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

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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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