noun \ ˈnich also ˈnēsh or ˈnish \
Updated on: 9 Mar 2018

Definition of niche

1 a : a recess in a wall especially for a statue
b : something (such as a sheltered or private space) that resembles a recess in a wall
2 a : a place, employment, status, or activity for which a person or thing is best fitted
  • finally found her niche
b : a habitat supplying the factors necessary for the existence of an organism or species
c : the ecological role of an organism in a community especially in regard to food consumption
d : a specialized market

Examples of niche in a Sentence

  1. To succeed in this new world, you have to sell yourself. You go to a brand-name college, not to imbibe the wisdom of its professors, but to make impressions and connections. You pick a niche that can bring attention to yourself and then develop your personal public relations efforts to let the world know who you are. —Alan WolfeNew York Times Book Review7 Jan. 2001
  2. The ivory-billed woodpecker, wan ghost of southern woodlands, may actually be flying forth from its niche in extinction. —Frank Graham, Jr.AudubonMay/June 2000
  3. Creatures in the genus Rickettsia occupy a niche between bacteria and viruses. They carry much of their own cellular equipment and are vulnerable to antibiotics, but like viruses they need to invade living cells in order to grow. —Wayne BiddleA Field Guide to Germs1995
  4. No, a safe and humble backbencher's niche in the Senate was the inheritance of a Julius these days. —Colleen McCulloughThe First Man in Rome1990
  5. A dozen or so fey young monks in saffron robes and shaven heads wafted from quiet niche to niche begging alms and looking very flesh-bound to my jaded eyes. —Arthur MillerTimebends1987
  6. I found a niche for myself after high school.

  7. She finally found her niche as a teacher.

  8. the species that fill an environmental niche

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Origin and Etymology of niche

French, from Middle French, from nicher to nest, from Vulgar Latin *nidicare, from Latin nidus nest — more at nest



verb \ ˈnich also ˈnēsh or ˈnish \

Definition of niche

niched; niching
transitive verb
: to place in or as if in a niche (see 1niche)

Examples of niche in a Sentence

  1. The most moving of all the museums in Russia, right now, is also the smallest and the most unlikely. Niched with no fuss whatever in what was a communal apartment high in the annex of the former Sheremetyev Palace in St. Petersburg, it is devoted to a great Russian poet, Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966). —John RussellNew York Times Book Review1 Jan. 1995

Origin and Etymology of niche

see 1niche

NICHE Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of niche for English Language Learners

  • : a job, activity, etc., that is very suitable for someone

  • : the situation in which a business's products or services can succeed by being sold to a particular kind or group of people

  • : an environment that has all the things that a particular plant or animal needs in order to live

NICHE Defined for Kids


noun \ ˈnich \

Definition of niche for Students

1 : an open hollow space in a wall (as for a statue)
2 : a place, job, or use for which a person or a thing is best fitted
  • She found her niche in teaching.

Medical Dictionary


noun \ ˈnich sometimes ˈnish or ˈnēsh \

medical Definition of niche

: crater
  • typical niche formation resulting from an ulcer

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