\ ˈnu̇k How to pronounce nook (audio) \

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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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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Recent Examples on the Web And fortunately for us, there are pictures (and product links) of this incredibly cute and stylish cat nook. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Cat Has Her Own Farmhouse-Style Bedroom," 16 Feb. 2021 The nook opened this month, the latest Little Free Library in Orange County that serves as an outdoor community hub to inspire an appreciation for books and draw in avid readers. Lisa Maria Garza,, "Fort Christmas park offers ‘classic’ reading experience through Little Free Library," 24 Dec. 2020 The most colorful example is the lime-green outdoor space for this upscale nook on a Chinatown alley. John King,, "San Francisco is having a parklet moment. Here are 11 cool ones to check out right now," 27 Nov. 2020 In a breakfast nook off the kitchen, Gambrel designed a custom 17-inch-high banquette in a Janus et Cie fabric. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "A Malibu Hacienda Is Utterly Transformed Into a Serene Oasis of Calm," 18 Nov. 2020 The kitchen provides a restaurant-quality refrigerator and a breakfast nook. Dallas News, "Dona Robinson showcases custom contemporary design in Westlake," 27 Dec. 2020 The austerity of the kitchen is contrasted by a bright breakfast nook, with a miniature velvety sofa fit for the kids. Cynthia Frank, ELLE Decor, "How a 1902 Tudor Revival House Got a Warm, Modern Update," 14 Oct. 2020 In an empty nook of the Norwegian Seamen’s Church in San Pedro, long-ago memories bubble up like seafoam. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, "A Norwegian church in San Pedro honors a saint who brings light to darkness. Fitting in a pandemic," 13 Dec. 2020 Tucked in a small nook over the kitchen are a daybed and a large drawing of a pregnant Petra, a gift from Smith. New York Times, "The Munich Atelier Where Stained Glass Comes to Life," 2 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of nook was in the 14th century

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24 Feb 2021

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“Nook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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
literary : 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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