niche


1niche

noun \ˈnich also ˈnēsh or ˈnish\

: a job, activity, etc., that is very suitable for someone

: the situation in which a business's products or services can succeed by being sold to a particular kind or group of people

: an environment that has all the things that a particular plant or animal needs in order to live

Full Definition of NICHE

1
a :  a recess in a wall especially for a statue
b :  something (as a sheltered or private space) that resembles a recess in a wall
2
a :  a place, employment, status, or activity for which a person or thing is best fitted <finally found her niche>
b :  a habitat supplying the factors necessary for the existence of an organism or species
c :  the ecological role of an organism in a community especially in regard to food consumption
d :  a specialized market

Examples of NICHE

  1. I found a niche for myself after high school.
  2. She finally found her niche as a teacher.
  3. the species that fill an environmental niche
  4. To succeed in this new world, you have to sell yourself. You go to a brand-name college, not to imbibe the wisdom of its professors, but to make impressions and connections. You pick a niche that can bring attention to yourself and then develop your personal public relations efforts to let the world know who you are. —Alan Wolfe, New York Times Book Review, 7 Jan. 2001

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Origin of NICHE

French, from Middle French, from nicher to nest, from Vulgar Latin *nidicare, from Latin nidus nest — more at nest
First Known Use: 1611

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra

2niche

verb \ˈnich also ˈnēsh or ˈnish\
nichednich·ing

Definition of NICHE

transitive verb
:  to place in or as if in a niche (see 1niche)

Examples of NICHE

  1. The most moving of all the museums in Russia, right now, is also the smallest and the most unlikely. Niched with no fuss whatever in what was a communal apartment high in the annex of the former Sheremetyev Palace in St. Petersburg, it is devoted to a great Russian poet, Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966). —John Russell, New York Times Book Review, 1 Jan. 1995

Origin of NICHE

(see 1niche)
First Known Use: 1752

Rhymes with NICHE

niche

noun \ˈnich sometimes ˈnish or ˈnēsh\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of NICHE

: crater <typical niche formation resulting from an ulcer>

niche

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Smallest unit of a habitat that is occupied by an organism. A habitat niche is the physical space occupied by the organism; an ecological niche is the role the organism plays in the community of organisms found in the habitat. The activities of an organism and its relationships to other organisms are determined by its particular structure, physiology, and behaviour.

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