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alcove

[al-kohv]
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noun
  1. a recess or small room adjacent to or opening out of a room: a dining alcove.
  2. a recess in a room for a bed, bookcases, or the like.
  3. any recessed space, as a bower in a garden.
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Origin of alcove

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

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Related Words for alcove

compartment, cubicle, niche, recess, study, bay, bower, cubbyhole, corner, anteroom

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Historical Examples of alcove

  • When, at that instant, he saw the curtain of the alcove slightly stirred.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Dick, spurred by impulse, left his alcove and entered the room.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • It looked as if she was concealing the thoughts that made her rigid in the darkness of the alcove.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • The alcove grows so hot, too, at night that I shall be obliged to lie on the couch.'

  • Ben Aboo had tried to follow them, but he had been killed in the alcove of the patio.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine


British Dictionary definitions for alcove

alcove

noun
  1. a recess or niche in the wall of a room, as for a bed, books, etc
  2. any recessed usually vaulted area, as in a garden wall
  3. any covered or secluded spot, such as a summerhouse
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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

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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