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

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 If the shelf fits into an alcove, it’s probably supported by wooden cleats screwed to the wall that fit into a recess along the ends and back edge of the shelf. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 27 June 2022 Some distance into the cave, Ackerman stooped over to pluck a small bone from a dark alcove and then placed it daintily on a ledge. Matthew Sherrill, Outside Online, 17 June 2020 Tucked in an alcove, my husband, Dave, son, Seth, and I lift our beers high while parsing the graphic, almost violent, nature of Iceland, a place where the Earth seems to split open to reveal its internal organs. New York Times, 3 June 2022 Plans are to install the tree under an alcove leading to the Performing Arts Center at the new Berea-Midpark High School. cleveland, 11 Mar. 2022 An antique child's bed from Belgium reigns in the alcove. Krissa Rossbund, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2022 The vase was in an alcove set back from the kitchen table. CNN, 5 May 2022 Hotel staffers saw the pair near an alcove with an ice machine and vending machine, Eastman said. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Mar. 2022 Also on offer are carpets and wallcoverings, and in a small alcove at the store’s rear, fabric samples hang on pegs in what is known as the textile library. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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13 Jul 2022

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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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