What does the word niche mean?

Usage examples for niche

  1. Mr. Graham, if so many new friends are not an embarrassment of riches, will you give me a little niche among them?" – His Sombre Rivals by E. P. Roe
  2. Mrs. Richards has made for herself a little niche apart in the literary world, from her delicate treatment of New England village life. – Peggy by Laura E. Richards
  3. In front of this niche was placed a massive chair of chestnut wood. – Montezuma's Daughter by H. Rider Haggard