al·​cove | \ ˈal-ˌkōv How to pronounce alcove (audio) \

Definition of alcove

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

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Other Words from alcove

alcoved \ ˈal-​ˌkōvd How to pronounce alcove (audio) \ adjective

Examples of alcove in a Sentence

a small alcove in one corner of the backyard garden an ancient vase in an alcove and a sculpture of Achilles on a stand in the museum's Greek Hall
Recent Examples on the Web These changes can include creating dedicated spaces inside apartments for remote work setups, which can be achieved by converting existing closets or building out an alcove with space for a desk. Kellie Rastegar, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Though, as my colleague Jessica Gelt reported, Godspeed to anyone looking for the public COVID-testing site, which was hidden in a small alcove by Metro’s headquarters. Los Angeles Times, 1 May 2021 Nine heated lockers are positioned outside portal 2 on the main street-level concourse in an alcove to the left of Whalen’s open-air kitchen. Marc Bona, cleveland, 21 Apr. 2021 In the alcove beyond the check-in desk, Sanchez and Diaz installed their gurney along a vacant stretch of beige hallway. ProPublica, 9 Apr. 2021 Just to the left is an alcove with the stacked laundry unit. Globe Staff,, 5 Mar. 2021 Nine hours after that test’s negative result, the curtain was drawn, and my bed was pulled from the alcove into an operating room. Timothy Snyder, The New York Review of Books, 3 Sep. 2020 The television in his alcove dining room off the Oval Office was usually on in the background, catnip for his short attention span. New York Times, 10 Jan. 2021 Surveillance video shows Reinoehl emerging from an alcove of a parking garage before firing at Danielson. oregonlive, 5 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of alcove

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for alcove

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

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7 Jun 2021

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“Alcove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of alcove

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


al·​cove | \ ˈal-ˌkōv How to pronounce alcove (audio) \

Kids Definition of alcove

: a small part of a room set back from the rest of it


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