from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A recess or partly enclosed extension connected to or forming part of a room.
- n. A secluded structure, such as a bower, in a garden.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small recessed area set off from a larger room.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A recessed portion of a room, or a small room opening into a larger one; especially, a recess to contain a bed; a lateral recess in a library.
- n. A small ornamental building with seats, or an arched seat, in a pleasure ground; a garden bower.
- n. Any natural recess analogous to an alcove or recess in an apartment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A covered recess.
- n. A recess in an escarpment formed by the more rapid retrogressive erosion of one part than of another.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small recess opening off a larger room
French alcôve, from Spanish alcoba, from Arabic al-qubba, the vault : al-, the + qubba, vault.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French alcôve, from Spanish or Portuguese alcova, alcoba, from Arabic القبة ‘the vault, chamber with vaulted roof’. (Wiktionary)