What does the word alcove mean?

Usage examples for alcove

  1. Lifting slightly from the floor, Mandi flew toward the elevator alcove, arriving just as the doors opened for the two guys who'd taken the trunk on the dolly. – An Encounter in Atlanta by Ed Howdershelt
  2. The waiter here brought in Arthur's order, and a sudden silence ensued in the alcove. – Fort Lafayette or, Love and Secession by Benjamin Wood