noun \ˈnk\

: a small space or corner that is inside something

: a part of a room (such as a corner) that is used for a specific purpose

: a quiet place that is sheltered by a tree, rock, etc.

Full Definition of NOOK

chiefly Scottish :  a right-angled corner
a :  an interior angle formed by two meeting walls
b :  a secluded or sheltered place or part <searched every nook and cranny>
c :  a small often recessed section of a larger room <a breakfast nook>

Examples of NOOK

  1. an old house full of nooks and crannies
  2. a cozy nook perfect for reading
  3. We found a shady nook under an old oak tree.

Origin of NOOK

Middle English noke, nok
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth
NOOK Defined for Kids


noun \ˈnk\

Definition of NOOK for Kids

:  an inner corner <a chimney nook>
:  a sheltered or hidden place <Or she could crawl through the hedge and emerge in some sheltered garden nook where neither Mrs. Tifton nor anyone else would be likely to see her. — Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks>


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