American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A covered recess. Specifically— In the strictest sense, any recessed bay or small room attached to a larger one, having a coved or vaulted ceiling.
- n. A recess in an escarpment formed by the more rapid retrogressive erosion of one part than of another.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Arch.) 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.
- n. a small recess opening off a larger room
- From French alcôve, from Spanish or Portuguese alcova, alcoba, from Arabic القبة ‘the vault, chamber with vaulted roof’. (Wiktionary)
- French alcôve, from Spanish alcoba, from Arabic al-qubba, the vault : al-, the + qubba, vault. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Within the alcove is my ebony rod, wound with the silver serpent.”
“He presses a button and alcove is lighted by electricity, discovering the face of a large safe.”
“(Old Slave Block in St. Louis Hotel, New Orleans -- The name over the middle alcove is "M. Barnett", which was my birth name)”
“Allah’s wrath to a black stone, and the Queen thou foundest in the alcove is my mother.”
“The alcove is Lilac at Charlie’s request, he picked the colours himself.”
“Looking across the bay or large alcove from the Zejua’s restaurant area, one could see in the distance, like a mirage, this lovely tropical, coconut tree strewn island like beach, “vacant” and worthy of visiting for a life time.”
“This area is an alcove, created by a gap in the center field bleachers, and in the alcove are the stairs that lead to the two clubhouses.”
“Tucked in an alcove was a little boy no older than six.”
“On the screen opposite the alcove was a large canvas with a great many square tomato-colored blobs on it, and nothing else, so far as”
“In an alcove was a washbasin and a door that led to the outside storage area, mainly used for empty crates and bottles and for washing and peeling vegetables.”
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