Definition of alcove in English:

Share this entry

alcove

Pronunciation: /ˈalkəʊv/

noun

A recess in the wall of a room or garden.
Example sentences
  • Large social gatherings usually take place in a special room with two alcoves built into a wall.
  • They headed to the control room, a small alcove in the wall with a window cut out of it to see the entire hangar.
  • The muted lighting seeping from recessed light fixtures in alcoves along the wall cast many a shadow throughout the room.
Synonyms

Origin

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

More
  • French alcôve is the source of alcove, from Spanish alcoba, from Arabic al-kubba ‘the vault’.

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.