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alcove

[al-kohv] /ˈæl koʊv/
noun
1.
a recess or small room adjacent to or opening out of a room:
a dining alcove.
2.
a recess in a room for a bed, bookcases, or the like.
3.
any recessed space, as a bower in a garden.
Origin of alcove
1670-1680
1670-80; < French alcôve < Spanish alcoba < Arabic al-qubbah the dome
Synonyms
nook, bay.
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British Dictionary definitions for alcove

alcove

/ˈælkəʊv/
noun
1.
a recess or niche in the wall of a room, as for a bed, books, etc
2.
any recessed usually vaulted area, as in a garden wall
3.
any covered or secluded spot, such as a summerhouse
Word Origin
C17: from French alcôve, from Spanish alcoba, from Arabic al-qubbah the vault, arch
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Word Origin and History for alcove
n.

1670s, "vaulted recess," from French alcôve (17c.), from Spanish alcoba, from Arabic al-qobbah "the vaulted chamber," from Semitic base q-b-b "to be bent, crooked, vaulted."

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