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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 tour required two hours, with Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes guiding Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber through every nook and cranny of the Pinnacle training center. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "MLS commissioner on Sporting KC: ‘The model for Major League Soccer is right here’ | The Kansas City Star," 19 May 2018 Every nook of the Titmouse animation studio in Hollywood is filled with relics of pop-culture history and creations too obscure to name. Adam Popescu, New York Times, "A Studio That’s Animated in More Ways Than One," 9 May 2018 Unlike the Millennial home, there’s no lofted office space, which allows the living room to open up and let air and natural light filter throughout every nook and cranny. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Black-clad tiny home features a not-so-tiny living room," 25 June 2018 Spectators looked for every nook of shade as temperatures rose to the 90s. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora honors heroes for 'friendship, bravery and commitment' during Memorial Day service, parade," 28 May 2018 Also on tap: classic cornhole. Pioneer Nurse a summer ale in a cozy garden-style patio nook in the heart of Fountain Square. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Here's a list of Indianapolis' best outdoor beer gardens," 14 June 2018 But Judge Kethledge, through his passion for the nooks and crannies of writing and style, taught us that even legal writing is an art form where small changes have a large impact on readability and, ultimately, persuasiveness. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Possible Supreme Court pick Kethledge's ties to University of Michigan," 9 July 2018 There are Indian artifacts, decorative screens and artwork throughout as well as private rooms and dining nooks for gatherings big and small. Jane Donahue, Naperville Sun, "Indian Harvest brings savory cuisine to the suburbs," 6 June 2018 Chopra dons a yellow sweater and looks awfully comfortable in the nook of Jonas' arm., "Please Look At This Photo Of Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas," 30 May 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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