alcove

noun
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 \ -​ˌkōvd How to pronounce alcoved (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

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Light visitation along with their locations off main roads make these secluded alcoves excellent places to view the myriad critters that come to their shores to drink and wallow. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Fun summer hikes in Arizona: These hidden little lakes attract wildlife, hikers and anglers," 5 July 2019 With a querying student often at his side, Conway settles either on a cluster of couches in the main room or a window alcove just outside the fray in the hallway, furnished with two armchairs facing a blackboard — a very edifying nook. Quanta Magazine, "A Life in Games," 28 Aug. 2015 Perhaps the 20-minute video in an alcove that’s been set up in the gallery is an attempt to connect the dots. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "At the Gardner: When some plans are bigger than others," 19 June 2019 Yet seven years after it was drafted, it hasn’t been approved, and copies gather dust in an alcove just outside her office. Nichole Sobecki, National Geographic, "This Tanzanian city may soon be one of the world’s most populous. Is it ready?," 5 Apr. 2019 He can always be found ensconced in his alcove, not working. Quanta Magazine, "A Life in Games," 28 Aug. 2015 The work is four videos, each on a giant screen in its own alcove. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Cold War ignites inspiration for Culture House DC artist," 14 June 2019 Beginning October 13, visitors to Perrotin Gallery in Paris can listen to the compositions in several rooms and listening alcoves as part of Calle’s fifteenth show at the gallery. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Pharrell, Bono and 38 Other Artists Compose Songs for Sophie Calle’s Dearly Departed Cat," 12 Oct. 2018 Elsewhere in the apartment, Wan has created custom cabinetry out of plywood, with spaces for everything from his shoes (in an alcove under the flooring) to his washing machine (under a shelf for small appliances)—with most existing out of sight. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This 300-Square-Foot Apartment Makes Ingenious Use of Every Centimeter of Space," 30 Apr. 2019

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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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alcove

noun

English Language Learners Definition of alcove

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

alcove

noun
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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