[ al-kohv ]
/ ˈæl koʊv /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for alcove

/ (ˈælkəʊv) /


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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