alcove

[ al-kohv ]
/ ˈæl koʊv /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. alcoranist,
  2. alcorcón,
  3. alcott,
  4. alcott, bronson,
  5. alcott, louisa may,
  6. alcuin,
  7. alcyonarian,
  8. alcyone,
  9. alcyoneus,
  10. alcántara

Origin of alcove

1670–80; < French alcôve < Spanish alcoba < Arabic al-qubbah the dome

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British Dictionary definitions for alcove

alcove

/ (ˈælkəʊv) /

noun

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

Word Origin for alcove

C17: from French alcôve, from Spanish alcoba, from Arabic al-qubbah the vault, arch

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Word Origin and History for alcove

alcove

n.

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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