Part of speech: noun

A recess connected with a larger room; a compartment, as of a library. See illus. on following page.

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Usage examples "alcove":

  1. To save his crown, now uncovered by the loss of both kerchief and cap, he crept back into the alcove that had originally protected them from the stones cast in by the Indians. - "The Lone Ranche", Captain Mayne Reid.
  2. 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", Ed Howdershelt.
  3. The waiter here brought in Arthur's order, and a sudden silence ensued in the alcove. - "Fort Lafayette or, Love and Secession", Benjamin Wood.