V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a small, recessed portion of a larger room; 2. a secluded place

Synonyms: nook, niche


Tips: An alcove is a small, often secluded, space that is part of a larger space, but set apart from it. Note the word "cove" within the word alcove. A cove is a small, closed-off area on a beach that is usually separated from the rest of the beach by rocks. An alcove is a separate area of a room or a patio. Alcove is a more sophisticated way of saying niche or nook.

Usage Examples:

I like to sit in the shady alcove and read my book. (nook)

We expanded the cramped room by building on a cozy alcove. (nook, niche)

I placed a few extra chairs in the alcove, where my guests could retreat for quiet conversation. (nook, niche)

The alcove in our backyard will be the perfect spot in which to place our new hot tub. (nook)

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