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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The work is four videos, each on a giant screen in its own alcove. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Cold War ignites inspiration for Culture House DC artist," 14 June 2019 Beginning October 13, visitors to Perrotin Gallery in Paris can listen to the compositions in several rooms and listening alcoves as part of Calle’s fifteenth show at the gallery. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Pharrell, Bono and 38 Other Artists Compose Songs for Sophie Calle’s Dearly Departed Cat," 12 Oct. 2018 Elsewhere in the apartment, Wan has created custom cabinetry out of plywood, with spaces for everything from his shoes (in an alcove under the flooring) to his washing machine (under a shelf for small appliances)—with most existing out of sight. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This 300-Square-Foot Apartment Makes Ingenious Use of Every Centimeter of Space," 30 Apr. 2019 The cave-like dining alcoves in the subterranean dining room encourage diners to get in touch with their most primal urges. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "The Secret to This Dish's Deep Flavor," 18 Oct. 2018 There are all kinds of nooks to enjoy your turmeric smoothie or macchiato in: near a fireplace in the cocktail lounge, in a book alcove overlooking the three-story atrium, or perched at a counter in a clean white cafe. Amy Thomas, New York Times, "36 Hours in Buffalo," 28 June 2018 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

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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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