Definition of alcove in English:


Syllabification: al·cove
Pronunciation: /ˈalˌkōv


  • A recess, typically in the wall of a room or of a garden.
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    • 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.


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

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