- a recess or small room adjacent to or opening out of a room: a dining alcove.
- a recess in a room for a bed, bookcases, or the like.
- any recessed space, as a bower in a garden.
Origin of alcove
1670–80; < French alcôve < Spanish alcoba < Arabic al-qubbah the dome
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Examples from the Web for alcove
When, at that instant, he saw the curtain of the alcove slightly stirred.Night and Morning, Complete
Dick, spurred by impulse, left his alcove and entered the room.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
The alcove grows so hot, too, at night that I shall be obliged to lie on the couch.'Abbe Mouret's Transgression
It looked as if she was concealing the thoughts that made her rigid in the darkness of the alcove.Therese Raquin
Ben Aboo had tried to follow them, but he had been killed in the alcove of the patio.The Scapegoat
- a recess or niche in the wall of a room, as for a bed, books, etc
- any recessed usually vaulted area, as in a garden wall
- any covered or secluded spot, such as a summerhouse
C17: from French alcôve, from Spanish alcoba, from Arabic al-qubbah the vault, arch
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Word Origin and History for alcove
1670s, "vaulted recess," from French alcôve (17c.), from Spanish alcoba, from Arabic al-qobbah "the vaulted chamber," from Semitic base q-b-b "to be bent, crooked, vaulted."
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