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niche Syllabification: niche

Definition of niche in English:


1A shallow recess, especially one in a wall to display a statue or other ornament.
Example sentences
  • Zeno built a tall wall with about 20 niches for statues of gods and goddesses behind the stage.
  • In 1549, Jafar founded Kudus Mosque and fastened the rock in its mihrab, a niche in the mosque wall facing Mecca.
  • The center of Schinkel's building also contained a large rotunda, modeled on the Pantheon in Rome, where statues of the ancient gods inhabited niches recessed in the circular floor.
recess, alcove, nook, cranny, hollow, bay, cavity, cubbyhole, pigeonhole
1.1 (one's niche) A comfortable or suitable position in life or employment: he is now a partner at a leading law firm and feels he has found his niche
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  • I'd carved a very comfortable niche, so to speak.
  • He developed his expressive skills and, simultaneously, found a comfortable social niche, allowing passers-by to see what he was doing and occasionally exchanging a few words.
  • As no networks for ethnic women existed, there was no crutch to lean on and I had to find a suitable niche for myself without affirmative action assistance.
ideal position, place, function, vocation, calling, métier, job
1.2A specialized but profitable corner of the market: [as modifier]: important new niche markets
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  • If this does turn out to be an Edsel moment for Ford Motor, it's about the only misstep Ford has made on an impressive drive toward recognizing and capitalizing on profitable niches in the truck market.
  • McCreevy's move last June to reclassify pick-up trucks also brought the niche market segment, which was undergoing significant growth, to a complete halt.
  • This gentrification developed a population of gentleman farmers who are interested in creating a niche market of a specialty crop.
1.3 Ecology A position or role taken by a kind of organism within its community. Such a position may be occupied by different organisms in different localities, e.g., antelopes in Africa and kangaroos in Australia.
Example sentences
  • At the same time, the various oral communities that live on the body are highly dependent on the environmental conditions that normally prevail within each niche.
  • Some early humans may have started eating meat as a way to survive within their own ecological niche.
  • The ecological role and niche of coiled cephalopods can be studied by considering the common morphological characters of these fossils.


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Place or position (something) in a niche.
Example sentences
  • Honey is not as big as Essence, Heart & Soul is not as big as Essence, but a combined circulation of 500,000 is big enough where it has to be looked at, and it's also niched enough where advertisers can make more efficient buys for their targets.
  • Anyway, here I am, being niched as The Guy Who Says Blogs Are Not For Making Money.
  • It is unfortunate but fairly likely that Griffiths will be niched and pigeonholed with this debut novel.


Early 17th century: from French, literally 'recess', from nicher 'make a nest', based on Latin nidus 'nest'.

  • nest from Old English:

    A nest was originally a ‘sitting-down place’. The Old English word comes from the same ancient roots as nether (Old English) and sit (Old English). The related word nestle (Old English) first meant ‘build a nest’, and did not take on its modern meaning until the 16th century. Niche (early 17th century), ‘a shallow recess’ or ‘a comfortable or suitable position’, is another related word.

Words that rhyme with niche

babiche, Dalglish, fiche, Laois, leash, nouveau riche, pastiche, quiche, Rajneesh, schottische

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