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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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Outside, the pool has inviting seating nooks, firepits, and side tables for dining on pizza fresh out of the outdoor oven. Booth Moore, ELLE Decor, "An ED A-Lister Transforms a Hollywood Legend's House into His Dream Home," 10 Sep. 2019 Those nooks, which display vases or other knickknacks, purportedly were built that way to allow more room for navigating coffins up and down the stairs. Los Angeles Times, "Ask Farmer: How did the term ‘punter’ originate?," 8 Sep. 2019 Schley shaped the home so that most main rooms face the golf course — the living room, library, dining room, breakfast nook, kitchen and three of the four family bedrooms. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Beloved Detroit Golf Club home of the late David DiChiera is for sale," 30 Aug. 2019 The main lounge is segmented with cozy nooks, television viewing areas, swing chairs and a beverage bar. Pamela Dittmer Mckuen,, "West Loop’s 727 West Madison apartments play up elliptical design," 20 Aug. 2019 From the mahogany deck in back, enter into a stunning kitchen with a dining nook, painted hardwood floors, leathered granite counters, and a six-burner range with a double oven. Jon Gorey,, "For sale: There’s room at the top in these Randolph and Norwell homes," 17 Aug. 2019 Did group storytelling with Luna, ran around hiding in nooks and crannies, got inspired by 1 million cookbooks and spotted many a difference in a highlights magazine. Eric Todisco,, "Chrissy Teigen Goes to the Library for the First Time in 23 Years for Group Storytelling with Luna," 7 Aug. 2019 Death stalks just about every nook, crevice, and corridor of Pose’s fourth episode. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Depth of Field: On Pose, the Past Is the Present," 11 July 2019 Upstairs, the dramatic master suite has vaulted ceilings and expands to a writer’s nook, lounge and wraparound balcony. Jack Flemming,, "Actor Rhys Darby’s Colfax Meadows home fetches $2.16 million," 18 June 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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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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