[syn: niche, ecological niche]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Niche \Niche\ (n[i^]ch), n. [F., fr. It. nicchia, prop., a
shell-like recess in a wall, fr. nicchio a shellfish, mussel,
fr. L. mytilus.]
A cavity, hollow, or recess, generally within the thickness
of a wall, for a statue, bust, or other erect ornament.
Hence, any similar position, literal or figurative.
Images defended from the injuries of the weather by
niches of stone wherein they are placed. --Evelun.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
46 Moby Thesaurus words for "niche":
alcove, asylum, bay, bolt-hole, cache, carrel, concealment, corner,
cove, cover, covert, coverture, cranny, cubby, cubbyhole, cubicle,
dark corner, den, dugout, foxhole, funk hole, hideaway, hideout,
hidey hole, hiding, hiding place, hole, hollow, inglenook, lair,
nook, oriel, pitchhole, place, position, recess, recession, refuge,
retreat, roomlet, sanctuary, secret place, slot, snuggery, stash,