a recess or small room adjacent to or opening out of a room:
a dining alcove.
a recess in a room for a bed, bookcases, or the like.
any recessed space, as a bower in a garden.
He sat in an alcove, by a large, polished window of the club.
The Second Fiddle Phyllis Bottome
Dick, spurred by impulse, left his alcove and entered the room.
The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
It was all empty; there was only the great crucifix in the alcove.
The Gadfly E. L. Voynich
The doorway into the alcove bedroom was concealed by a portière.
An American Suffragette Isaac N. Stevens
The piano occupied one corner of an alcove off the large backroom.
Wide Courses James Brendan Connolly
We’ll have the bottle in the alcove at the head of the stairs.
The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
Ben Aboo had tried to follow them, but he had been killed in the alcove of the patio.
The Scapegoat Hall Caine
There was no door to my room; it was, strictly speaking, an alcove.
The Philippine Islands John Foreman
Unable to believe that his delightful experiences were but the memories of sleep he turned to the alcove.
Romances of Old Japan Yei Theodora Ozaki
While he mused his eyes were fixed on the alcove at the end of the room.
Ambrotox and Limping Dick Oliver Fleming
a recess or niche in the wall of a room, as for a bed, books, etc
any recessed usually vaulted area, as in a garden wall
any covered or secluded spot, such as a summerhouse
1670s, “vaulted recess,” from French alcôve (17c.), from Spanish alcoba, from Arabic al-qobbah “the vaulted chamber,” from Semitic base q-b-b “to be bent, crooked, vaulted.”
(Ealhwine Flaccus) a.d. 735–804, English theologian and scholar: teacher and adviser of Charlemagne. Historical Examples All the subjects comprised by Alcuin in physics are arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. Cassell’s History of England, Vol. I (of 9) Anonymous Charlemagne established the “School of the Palace,” and placed Alcuin at its head. History of Education Levi […]
alcs American League Championship Series Contemporary Examples Whatever the outcome of the alcs, the likelihood that they will all be together again next season is slim. The Last Days of Derek Jeter’s Yankees Allen Barra October 20, 2010
any anthozoan coelenterate of the subclass Alcyonaria, as corals and sea anemones, having the tentacles and other body parts in branches or segments of eight. belonging or pertaining to the Alcyonaria. Historical Examples More interesting than the Annelids, however, are the alcyonarian Actinozoa. Young Folks’ Library, Volume XI (of 20) Various Every alcyonarian colony is […]
a third-magnitude star in the constellation Taurus: brightest star in the Pleiades. Also, Halcyon, Halcyone. Classical Mythology. a daughter of Aeolus who, with her husband, Ceyx, was transformed into a kingfisher. Contemporary Examples The Alcyone dessert wine based on Tannat is an incredible wine for these types of chocolate. Valentine’s Day Wine and Chocolate Pairings […]