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

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Its main room is 30 feet long with a sleeping alcove at one end and a living room at the other. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Home near Cranbrook's art objects is filled with space and glamour," 3 Aug. 2019 The UH System wanted to ensure there were plenty of study alcoves and spaces in the building, said Jay Neal, associate vice president for academic affairs and COO at the UH instructional sites in Katy and Sugar Land. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "UHV Katy, UH prepares move to new location in the fall," 5 July 2019 Lush grounds, hidden alcoves and a secluded pool set the stage for relaxation. Christina Julian,, "Enjoy Broadway in Jack London State Park on a weekend trip to Sonoma," 3 July 2019 The lineup promises a fantastic array of acoustic and electric works, installations and interactive events, with attendees free to move through the gardens, alcoves and antechambers of the always-alluring Chapel. Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News, "Eclectic annual ‘Garden of Memory’ concert returns to Oakland’s Chapel of the Chimes," 18 June 2019 There are alcoves with desks and free Wi-Fi for people who want to work. Jeanne Houck,, "Fifth 'Tru by Hilton' hotel in Tristate may open in Milford," 22 July 2019 The bath is appointed with porcelain tile floor and tub surround, single vanity, framed mirror and an alcove with shelving for storage or towel display. Pamela Dittmer Mckuen,, "A peek inside Lincoln Common: Near-identical apartment towers offer luxury living at former Children’s Memorial Hospital site," 22 July 2019 The second floor will house classrooms, labs and office spaces, University officials wanted to make sure the new design featured plenty of study alcoves for students, complete with power outlets for laptops and other electronic devices. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "New Katy campus will be ready for classes, UHV officials say," 30 July 2019 Court documents state that the second incident happened on July 26, and that two women were sleeping in an alcove on the sidewalk when one woke up with Brotherton holding a knife to her throat., "Suspect in knifepoint sexual assault charged Tuesday with assaulting at least two women," 30 July 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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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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