- an ornamental recess in a wall or the like, usually semicircular in plan and arched, as for a statue or other decorative object.
- a place or position suitable or appropriate for a person or thing: to find one's niche in the business world.
- a distinct segment of a market.
- Ecology. the position or function of an organism in a community of plants and animals.
- pertaining to or intended for a market niche; having specific appeal: niche advertising.
- to place (something) in a niche.
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Examples from the Web for niche
Not long ago, however, these outré components would have amounted to an interesting yet niche rap career.Future Makes Us Rethink Everything We Thought We Knew About Rap Artists
December 15, 2014
Nightlife (5%): Most exciting nightlife; most vibrant social scene (2.5% each, Niche).
Activities and clubs (5%): Student clubs and organizations nbsp;(2.5%, U.S. News); best student centers (2.5%, Niche).
The Source was initially created to help serve that niche, covering the industry with commentary, reviews, and reported features.It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine
October 14, 2014
I sort of got lucky in that I was able to carve a niche for myself.Juliette Lewis on Hollywood, Why the MSM Hates Scientology, and Masturbating to George Clooney
September 19, 2014
But it had halted just beyond the niche, not coming out very far.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
All the others had gone, and I was quite alone with her and the Holy Virgin in the niche.My Double Life
The world, he found, made a niche for him as it did for every one.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
The front is stuccoed, and in a niche there is a group of Virgin and Child.Hampstead and Marylebone
Geraldine Edith Mitton
Cowper says every one falls "just in the niche he was ordained to fill."
- a recess in a wall, esp one that contains a statue
- any similar recess, such as one in a rock face
- a position particularly suitable for the person occupying ithe found his niche in politics
- (modifier) relating to or aimed at a small specialized group or market
- ecology the role of a plant or animal within its community and habitat, which determines its activities, relationships with other organisms, etc
- (tr) to place (a statue) in a niche; ensconce (oneself)
Word Origin and History for niche
1610s, "shallow recess in a wall," from French niche "recess (for a dog), kennel" (14c.), perhaps from Italian nicchia "niche, nook," from nicchio "seashell," said by Klein and Barnhart to be probably from Latin mitulus "mussel," but the change of -m- to -n- is not explained. Watkins suggests that the word is from an Old French noun derived from nichier "to nestle, nest, build a nest," via Gallo-Romance *nidicare from Latin nidus "nest;" but that has difficulties, too. Figurative sense is first recorded 1725. Biological use dates from 1927.
- An eroded or ulcerated area detected by contrast radiography.
- The function or position of an organism or population within an ecological community.
- The particular area within a habitat occupied by an organism.
- The function or position of a species within an ecological community. A species's niche includes the physical environment to which it has become adapted as well as its role as producer and consumer of food resources. See also competitive exclusion principle.