an ornamental recess in a wall or the like, usually semicircular in plan and arched, as for a statue or other decorative object.
a place or position suitable or appropriate for a person or thing:
to find one’s niche in the business world.
a distinct segment of a market.
Ecology. the position or function of an organism in a community of plants and animals.
pertaining to or intended for a market niche; having specific appeal:
verb (used with object), niched, niching.
to place (something) in a niche.
a recess in a wall, esp one that contains a statue
any similar recess, such as one in a rock face
a position particularly suitable for the person occupying it: he found his niche in politics
(modifier) relating to or aimed at a small specialized group or market
(ecology) the role of a plant or animal within its community and habitat, which determines its activities, relationships with other organisms, etc
(transitive) to place (a statue) in a niche; ensconce (oneself)
1610s, “shallow recess in a wall,” from French niche “recess (for a dog), kennel” (14c.), perhaps from Italian nicchia “niche, nook,” from nicchio “seashell,” said by Klein and Barnhart to be probably from Latin mitulus “mussel,” but the change of -m- to -n- is not explained. Watkins suggests that the word is from an Old French noun derived from nichier “to nestle, nest, build a nest,” via Gallo-Romance *nidicare from Latin nidus “nest;” but that has difficulties, too. Figurative sense is first recorded 1725. Biological use dates from 1927.
niche (nĭch, nēsh)
The function or position of a species within an ecological community. A species’s niche includes the physical environment to which it has become adapted as well as its role as producer and consumer of food resources. See also competitive exclusion principle.
- Niche market
noun 1. a demand for a very specialized product or commodity noun a specialized and profitable part of a commercial market; a narrowly targeted market
- Niche player
noun a company holding a specialized and profitable part of a commercial market
- Niche product
noun a product that is made and marketed for use in a small and specialized but profitable market
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