noun \ˈal-ˌkōv\

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

Full Definition of ALCOVE

a :  a small recessed section of a room :  nook
b :  an arched opening (as in a wall) :  niche
:  summerhouse 2
al·coved \-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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Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

Rhymes with ALCOVE


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