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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Sapey was tasked with making use of open, dark spaces, including a cavernous alcove consisting of columns plastered with disembodied legs swimming up to the ceiling. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "At the Nhow Marseille Hotel in France, Italian Furniture and Local Grit Lead the Design," 22 Oct. 2018 That could be, for example, a home with two bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen (bathrooms don’t count as rooms in census surveys, nor do foyers, hallways, alcoves, porches, unfinished basements and attics, and so on). Gene Balk / Fyi Guy, The Seattle Times, "One in 10 Seattle homes have just one room for first time ever," 9 Oct. 2018 On the way to the elevator, a small room set up like a museum alcove catches my eye. Leslie Kendall Dye, Longreads, "City on a Hill," 23 June 2018 The restrooms still have an open alcove area with a common trough sink. Fox News, "Missouri school district embraces gender-neutral bathrooms," 19 Aug. 2018 Other amenities include a billiards room decorated in an African safari theme, a movie theater with seating for 20, a whiskey room with a cavelike bar alcove and two wine cellars. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "‘Lord of the Dance’ Michael Flatley Relists Irish Manor for $14.5 Million," 28 June 2018 The bathroom with an oversized shower has double sinks, a granite counter, and display alcoves. Joan Walden, courant.com, "Property of the Week: 22 Pasture Lane, West Simsbury," 18 May 2017 Despite its rapid construction, the house includes some thoughtful details like a wood paneled roof with built-in LED strips and recessed alcoves that create lovely little nooks for pieces of furniture. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern prefab house was constructed in a month," 28 Aug. 2018 There's the area around the fireplace, the weird angle at the foot of the stairs, and the alcove for the schoolmarm's desk — centered between the girls' and boys' entrances — which has become a window seat. Douglas Brenner, House Beautiful, "John Peixinho on How He Transformed a One-Room Schoolhouse Into a Home," 5 Feb. 2015

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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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