AskDefine | Define alcove

Dictionary Definition

alcove n : a small recess opening off a larger room [syn: bay]

User Contributed Dictionary



From alcôve, from or Portuguese alcova, alcoba, from ‘the vault, chamber with vaulted roof’.




  1. A small recessed area set off from a larger room.



  1. Plural of alcova

Extensive Definition

Alcove (through the Spanish, alcova, from the Arabic, al-, the, and quobbah, a vault) is an architectural term for a recess in a room, usually screened off by pillars, balustrade or drapery.
Usage : Though their apartment lacked a dining room, an alcove adjacent to the living room made for an adequate ambience for dinner.


alcove in Czech: Alkovna
alcove in Danish: Alkove
alcove in German: Alkoven (Bettnische)
alcove in Dutch: Alkoof
alcove in Norwegian: Alkove
alcove in Polish: Alkowa
alcove in Russian: Альков

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