Definition of alcove in English:

alcove

noun

  • A recess, typically in the wall of a room or of a garden.

    • ‘Brick alcoves in the walls are set off with ornamental urns with pot plants.’
    • ‘They headed to the control room, a small alcove in the wall with a window cut out of it to see the entire hangar.’
    • ‘Recessed, arched alcoves terminating in solid plank wooden doors were placed about every 10 paces on alternate sides of the corridor.’
    • ‘Large social gatherings usually take place in a special room with two alcoves built into a wall.’
    • ‘I remember the alcoves round the walls, with glass chandeliers, like water fountains.’
    • ‘They emerged into a large natural cavern that had been modified by adding cells and alcoves around the wall.’
    • ‘In the alcoves and rooms once assumed empty, rows and columns blinked their patient attention.’
    • ‘Caregiver stations between patient rooms are ergonomically measured, adjustable stands built into wall alcoves.’
    • ‘They were headed farther down, several levels below the room they'd been in the day before, hoping to find more than empty rooms and bare alcoves.’
    • ‘The muted lighting seeping from recessed light fixtures in alcoves along the wall cast many a shadow throughout the room.’
    • ‘This is a tranquil lofty space, white-painted, lined down each wall with illuminated rendered alcoves and upholstered benches.’
    • ‘Elegantly erotic statues stood once more in alcoves around the room, and the massive murals were nearly finished.’
    • ‘Looking around the room again, he discovered an alcove in the wall next to the table.’
    • ‘The room's alcoves ensure that plenty of storage units could be installed without creating a cramped feeling.’
    • ‘Each wall was aligned with alcoves that curved around statues.’
    • ‘Liz continued backwards into one of the alcoves and struck the wall below one of the windows.’
    • ‘She sleeps in the alcove of an old wall that once formed the perimeter of a Maharaja's palace.’
    • ‘The interior was pleasant and interesting: an historic village inn which had been well refurbished, with beams exposed on the ceiling, an open fire and lots of little rooms and alcoves.’
    • ‘Happell translated this brief into a curvy front counter with bright lights, white walls and little yellow-tiled alcoves, dominated by a large deep red menu board.’
    • ‘There were also many alcoves built into the wall on top of one another.’
    recess, niche, nook, opening, bay, hollow, cavity, corner, indentation, booth
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    inglenook
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Origin

Late 16th century: from French alcôve, from Spanish alcoba, from Arabic al-ḳubba the vault.

Pronunciation:

alcove

/ˈalˌkōv/