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alcove

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noun al·cove \ˈal-ˌkōv\

Simple Definition of alcove

  • : a small section of a room that is set back from the rest of it

Full Definition of alcove

  1. 1 a :  a small recessed section of a room :  nook b :  an arched opening (as in a wall) :  niche

  2. 2 :  summerhouse 2

al·covedplay \-ˌkōvd\ adjective

Examples of alcove

  1. <a small alcove in one corner of the backyard garden>

  2. <an ancient vase in an alcove and a sculpture of Achilles on a stand in the museum's Greek Hall>



Origin of alcove

French alcôve, from Spanish alcoba, from Arabic al-qubba the arch


First Known Use: 1655

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Rhymes with alcove



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