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.
[nich-er-uh n; Japanese nee-chee-ren] /ˈnɪtʃ ər ən; Japanese ˈni tʃi rɛn/ noun 1. (Zennichi; Zenshobo Rencho) 1222–82, Japanese Buddhist monk: founder of Nichiren Buddhism. /ˈniːtʃiːˌrɛn/ noun 1. a Buddhist sect of Japan based on the teachings of the Buddhist priest Nichiren (1222–82), who claimed that the Lotus Sutra contained the only way to enlightenment
[nich-er-uh n] /ˈnɪtʃ ər ən/ noun 1. a doctrine of salvation based on the Lotus Sutra.
[nik-uh-luh s, nik-luh s] /ˈnɪk ə ləs, ˈnɪk ləs/ noun 1. of Cusa [kyoo-zuh] /ˈkyu zə/ (Show IPA), 1401–1464, German cardinal, mathematician, and philosopher. German Nikolaus von Cusa. 2. Grand Duke, 1856–1929, Russian general in World War I. 3. Saint, flourished 4th century a.d, bishop in Asia Minor: patron saint of Russia; protector of children […]
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noun 1. Saint (“Nicholas the Great”) died a.d. 867, Italian ecclesiastic: pope 858–867. 2. 1796–1855, czar of Russia 1825–55. noun 1. Saint, called the Great. died 867 ad, Italian ecclesiastic; pope (858–867). He championed papal supremacy. Feast day: Nov 13 2. 1796–1855, tsar of Russia (1825–55). He gained notoriety for his autocracy and his emphasis […]