A female slave or concubine in the harem of the Turkish sultan.

Alternative forms: odahlic, odalisk, and odalik] "Not of those that men desire, sleek Odalisques, or oracles of mode." (Tennyson)

Origin: F, fr. Turk. Odaliq chambermaid, fr. Oda chamber, room.

(01 Mar 1998)

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