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niche

[ nich, neesh ]
/ nɪtʃ, niʃ /
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noun
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. ecological niche.
adjective
pertaining to or intended for a market niche; having specific appeal: niche advertising.
verb (used with object), niched, nich·ing.
to place (something) in a niche.
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Origin of niche

1605–15; <French, Middle French, back formation from nicher to make a nest <Vulgar Latin *nīdiculāre, derivative of Latin nīdusnest

OTHER WORDS FROM niche

un·niched, adjective
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How to use niche in a sentence

  • Nothing so conduces to good relations as the proper niching of the members of the party.

    Yellowstone Nights|Herbert Quick

British Dictionary definitions for niche

niche
/ (nɪtʃ, niːʃ) /

noun
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
verb
(tr) to place (a statue) in a niche; ensconce (oneself)

Word Origin for 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

niche
[ nĭch, nēsh ]

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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