Odalisque

The word ‘odalisque’ is French in form and originates from the Turkish odalık. In western usage, the term has come to refer specifically to the harem concubine. In popular use, the word odalisque also may refer to a mistress or paramour of a wealthy man.

About Odalisque in brief

Summary OdalisqueThe word ‘odalisque’ is French in form and originates from the Turkish odalık, meaning ‘chambermaid’ In western usage, the term has come to refer specifically to the harem concubine. In popular use, the word odalisque also may refer to a mistress or paramour of a wealthy man. In 2011, the Law Society of British Columbia brought a disciplinary hearing against an unnamed lawyer for referring to another lawyer’s client as living with an odalisques.

The Law Society found that the word’s use, though an extremely poor choice, did not rise to the level of professional misconduct.