1. [syn: alcove, bay]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Alcove \Al"cove\ (?; 277), n. [F. alc[^o]ve, Sp. or Pg. alcoba,
from Ar. al-quobbah arch, vault, tent.]
1. (Arch.) A recessed portion of a room, or a small room
opening into a larger one; especially, a recess to contain
a bed; a lateral recess in a library.
2. A small ornamental building with seats, or an arched seat,
in a pleasure ground; a garden bower. --Cowper.
3. Any natural recess analogous to an alcove or recess in an
The youthful wanderers found a wild alcove.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a small recess opening off a larger room [syn: alcove,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
30 Moby Thesaurus words for "alcove":
arbor, bay, belvedere, bower, carrel, conservatory, corner, cove,
cranny, cubby, cubbyhole, cubicle, gazebo, glasshouse, greenhouse,
inglenook, kiosk, lathhouse, niche, nook, oriel, pagoda, pergola,
pitchhole, recess, recession, retreat, roomlet, snuggery,