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 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, "Fahrenheit Mobile Locker Room launches today in Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse," 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, "Protect Independent Journalism," 9 Apr. 2021 Just to the left is an alcove with the stacked laundry unit. Globe Staff,, "Home of the Week: An architect’s reimagined ranch in Reading," 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, "What Ails America," 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, "Stripped of Twitter, Trump Faces a New Challenge: How to Command Attention," 10 Jan. 2021 Surveillance video shows Reinoehl emerging from an alcove of a parking garage before firing at Danielson. oregonlive, "55 homicides in Portland in 2020 -- the most in 26 years -- involved victims from 8 months old to 71," 5 Jan. 2021 Helus managed to reach an alcove outside the front entrance, rolled on his back and continued firing at Long. Stephanie Lai, Los Angeles Times, "Ventura County district attorney’s office releases new details on Borderline mass shooting," 17 Dec. 2020 An extra room, guest bedroom or even an alcove in the child’s bedroom works best. Dallas News, "Get your students ‘home school’ ready," 6 Sep. 2020

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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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2 May 2021

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“Alcove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 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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