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 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
Recent Examples on the Web The powers-that-be then quickly met in a small alcove under the speakers’ stand to choose Harding’s vice-presidential running mate. oregonlive, "The forgotten Oregon Republican who upended national politics 100 years ago – and may have paved the way for FDR’s election," 12 June 2020 Darkness enfolds the great room and all its alcoves. Seija Rankin,, "Get a first look at Dean Koontz's new novel Elsewhere," 26 May 2020 An alcove off the hall contains a wood staircase and a wood-burning fireplace, in a traditional location for heating upper floors, Mr. Muller said. New York Times, "House Hunting in Luxembourg: A Restored Classic for $3 Million," 11 Mar. 2020 There would have been 15,000 people trading handshakes, huddling in alcoves, mingling with old friends. John King,, "New use for Moscone Center — behind the scenes at SF’s coronavirus Emergency Operations Center," 23 Apr. 2020 The alcove – and Manny the mannequin – were safe with Dave Coulier (a.k.a. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "John Stamos reveals he's in possession of the 'Full House' couch, former costars weigh in: 'Thief!'," 2 Apr. 2020 In Goldstein's entertainment complex, just off Club James, there's a library alcove that serves as the VIP room during parties. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Peculiar Life of the Man in the 'Big Lebowski' House: An NBA Superfan’s Wild L.A. Mansion," 12 Mar. 2020 The three-story-high public alcove that begins on the 11th floor is a truly generous civic treasure. John King,, "Trump’s next target could be his most cynical yet — modern architecture," 9 Feb. 2020 But even better is a small alcove that overlooks the lobby. David Lyman,, "Quiet escapes from all the holiday hustle and bustle in Cincinnati," 24 Dec. 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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The first known use of alcove was in 1655

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18 Jun 2020

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“Alcove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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


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

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