[ nich, neesh ]
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  1. an ornamental recess in a wall or the like, usually semicircular in plan and arched, as for a statue or other decorative object.

  2. a place or position suitable or appropriate for a person or thing: to find one's niche in the business world.

  1. a distinct segment of a market.

  2. Ecology. ecological niche.

  1. pertaining to or intended for a market niche; having specific appeal: niche advertising.

verb (used with object),niched, nich·ing.
  1. to place (something) in a niche.

Origin of niche

First recorded in 1605–15; from French, Middle French, back formation from nicher “to make a nest,” from Vulgar Latin nīdiculāre (unrecorded), derivative of Latin nīdus nest

Other words for niche

Other words from niche

  • un·niched, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for niche


/ (nɪtʃ, niːʃ) /

  1. a recess in a wall, esp one that contains a statue

  2. any similar recess, such as one in a rock face

  1. a position particularly suitable for the person occupying it: he found his niche in politics

  2. (modifier) relating to or aimed at a small specialized group or market

  3. ecology the role of a plant or animal within its community and habitat, which determines its activities, relationships with other organisms, etc

  1. (tr) to place (a statue) in a niche; ensconce (oneself)

Origin of niche

C17: from French, from Old French nichier to nest, from Vulgar Latin nīdicāre (unattested) to build a nest, from Latin nīdus nest

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Scientific definitions for niche


[ nĭch, nēsh ]

  1. 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.

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