[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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a position particularly well suited to the person who
occupies it; "he found his niche in the academic world"
2: a small concavity [syn: recess, recession, niche,
3: an enclosure that is set back or indented [syn: recess,
4: (ecology) the status of an organism within its environment
and community (affecting its survival as a species) [syn:
niche, ecological niche]
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,