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Definition of nook 

1 chiefly Scotland : a right-angled corner

2a : an interior angle formed by two meeting walls

b : a secluded or sheltered place or part searched every nook and cranny

c : a small often recessed section of a larger room a breakfast nook

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Synonyms for nook


alcove, niche, recess

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Examples of nook in a Sentence

an old house full of nooks and crannies a cozy nook perfect for reading We found a shady nook under an old oak tree.
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The box in dispute is part of the Little Free Library movement started in 2009 by a Wisconsin man who built a book-sharing nook shaped like a one-room schoolhouse to honor his mother, a teacher. Stephen Hudak,, "Oviedo HOA board opposed to Little Free Library resigns after outcry," 13 July 2018 At the opposite end of the gallery, the installation continues in the form of a nook snugly fit with a cardboard box, outfitted like a miniature home with a rug and fake plant. Leah Ollman,, "In Shinique Smith's 'Refuge,' bits of past make for a compelling present," 3 July 2018 The room no longer feels like a toss-away space, but rather a nook where the cast of Riff welcomes and includes everyone who walks through the door. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "The improv games at iO’s Riff turn into a goofy, full-fledged sing-along," 8 June 2018 Cinnamon Bay has ample sandy real estate, sky blue water, shady nooks under sea grape trees, and the best bodysurfing and people-watching on the island—which, though still recovering from the 2017 hurricane season, is open for business. The Editors, Outside Online, "North America's 16 Best, Most Overlooked Beaches," 1 June 2018 Window nooks offer an extra space for benches or side tables in each bedroom. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "This modern Louisville-area farmhouse was designed with family in mind," 12 July 2018 Amenities: Dog-friendly sidewalk patio; 1,100-square-foot party room with direct access to outdoor party nook with couches and a fire pit; acoustic music nightly except Sunday; deejay during Sunday brunch. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Girl in the Park in Orland Park," 5 July 2018 This august museum is a collection of grand spaces, intimate nooks and unconventional, astute exhibition strategies. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New England museums to visit this summer and fall," 4 July 2018 The painterly Dark Floral wallpaper by Ellie Cashman ramps up the drama of the vignette, making the most of the nook where Kristen meets with clients. Dawn Margolis Denberg,, "1895 home is all Victorian eye candy outside and modern efficiency inside," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of nook

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nook

Middle English noke, nok

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Phrases Related to nook

every nook and cranny

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English Language Learners Definition of nook

: a small space or corner that is inside something

: a part of a room (such as a corner) that is used for a specific purpose

: a quiet place that is sheltered by a tree, rock, etc.


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Kids Definition of nook

1 : an inner corner a chimney nook

2 : a sheltered or hidden place Or she could crawl through the hedge and emerge in some sheltered garden nook where neither Mrs. Tifton nor anyone else would be likely to see her.— Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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