Definition of alcove noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

alcove

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noun
BrE BrE//ˈælkəʊv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈælkoʊv//
 
 
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an area in a room that is formed by part of a wall being built farther back than the rest of the wall The bookcase fits neatly into the alcove. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from French alcôve, from Spanish alcoba, from Arabic al-qubba ‘the vault’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: alcove