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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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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 The focus on fungi is a large part of that, allowing chefs and foragers to connect diners directly to the nooks and crannies of the forest around them. Ellen Fort, Sunset Magazine, "The Ultimate Mushroom Trip? A Foraging Weekend in Big Sur," 15 Jan. 2020 Mesquite, paloverde and ironwood trees huddle at its base while raptors and vultures roost in its many nooks and shallow caves. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Don't be put off by the unimpressive beginning. This AZ hike leads to dramatic red rocks," 19 Dec. 2019 Entering the home, Joan called out the names of her husband and mother, who was missing from her usual reading nook. Jeff Truesdell,, "After the Murders of a Chicago Judge's Husband and Mother, Authorities Ask: Who'd Want Them Dead?," 16 Dec. 2019 From their respective London and New York nooks, the two offer tips to industry insiders looking to shake things up. Brooke Mazurek, Billboard, "Going To The Grammys? Harry Styles and Maggie Rogers' Stylists Share Wardrobe Tips," 6 Dec. 2019 Encased in a walnut frame, this nook by Fearins Welch Design and CWB Architects is spacious enough for two brothers to convene for video games. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The Architectural Feature That Will Make Your Home Cozier," 30 Dec. 2019 The nooks are reminiscent of a handsome ship’s cabin since they’re lined with wood, which lends a sense of permanence and coziness that the previous drywall could never achieve. Leilani Marie Labong,, "For Heath Ceramics owners, a modest Tahoe cabin is just right," 30 Dec. 2019 Get ready to travel from your warmest reading nook to extraordinary new worlds steeped in magic and mystery. Washington Post, "The best YA fantasy to read now," 24 Dec. 2019 Maintaining a subtle sense of masculinity, the farmhouse features natural nooks throughout—like an outdoor deck off the master bedroom—that allow the home to fit right in among the rural setting. Sarah Cook Mcbride, al, "East meets West in this modern, forested farmhouse," 21 Dec. 2019

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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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27 Jan 2020

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“Nook.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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.


\ ˈnu̇k How to pronounce nook (audio) \

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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