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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nichenoun

    a position particularly well suited to the person who occupies it

    "he found his niche in the academic world"

  2. recess, recession, niche, cornernoun

    a small concavity

  3. recess, nichenoun

    an enclosure that is set back or indented

  4. niche, ecological nichenoun

    (ecology) the status of an organism within its environment and community (affecting its survival as a species)


  1. nichenoun

    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." --Evelyn.

    Etymology: From niche, from nichier (modern French nicher), from nidus.

  2. nichenoun

    A function within an ecological system to which an organism is especially suited.

    Etymology: From niche, from nichier (modern French nicher), from nidus.

  3. nichenoun

    Any position of opportunity for which one is well-suited, such as a particular market in business.

    Etymology: From niche, from nichier (modern French nicher), from nidus.

  4. nichenoun

    An arrow woven into a Muslim prayer rug pointing in the direction of Mecca.

    Etymology: From niche, from nichier (modern French nicher), from nidus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nichenoun

    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

    Etymology: [F., fr. It. nicchia, prop., a shell-like recess in a wall, fr. nicchio a shellfish, mussel, fr. L. mytilus.]


  1. Niche

    A niche in classical architecture is an exedra or an apse that has been reduced in size, retaining the half-dome heading usual for an apse. Nero's Domus Aurea was the first semi-private dwelling that possessed rooms that were given richly varied floor plans, shaped with niches and exedras; sheathed in dazzling polished white marble, such curved surfaces concentrated or dispersed the daylight. The word derives from the Latin nidus or nest, via the French niche. The Italian nicchio for a sea-shell may also be involved, as the traditional decoration for the top of a niche is a scallop shell, as in the illustration, hence also the alternative term of "conch" for a semi-dome, usually reserved for larger exedra. In Gothic architecture, a niche may be set within a tabernacle framing, like a richly-decorated miniature house, such as might serve for a reliquary. The backings for the altars in churches can be embedded with niches for statues. Though a niche in either Classical or Gothic contexts may be empty and merely provide some articulation and variety to a section of wall, the cult origins of the niche suggested that it be filled with a statue. One of the earliest buildings which uses external niches containing statues is the Church of Orsanmichele in Florence, built between 1380-1404. The Uffizi Palace in Florence modified the concept by setting the niche within the wall so it did not protrude. The Uffizi has two dozen or so such niches containing statues of great historical figures. In England the Uffizi style niches were adopted at Montacute House, where there are 9 exterior niches containing statues of the Nine Worthies. In Fra Filippo Lippi's Madonna the trompe-l'oeil niche frames her as with the canopy of estate that was positioned over a personage of importance in the late Middle Ages and Early Modern Europe. At the same time, the Madonna is represented as an iconic sculpture who has "come alive" with miraculous immediacy.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of niche in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of niche in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of niche in a Sentence

  1. Mary Brett Whitfield:

    The visibility available online makes it easier for niche and specialty brands to develop awareness and an audience that would n’t have been possible a decade ago, herschel Supply Company effectively uses social media and digital content such as Herschel Supply Company Well-Travelled travel/photo blog to create engagement and forge a connection with customers.

  2. Stephen Morse:

    There are a range of new technology-enabled banks, fintech businesses, commercial banks and even niche investment banks who have identified gaps in the market in part caused by big global banks having pulled out of some businesses over the past few years.

  3. Rebecca Lindland:

    If look at what the company has done, it's truly unprecedented, it's not only almost single handedly jump started the electric vehicle segment, it's moved from a niche automaker to be a mainstream competitor for the luxury brands.

  4. Bunker Holding:

    The Group holds no aspiration of becoming a major player in the physical market but has a goal to become a niche supplier in selected strategic areas and ports. One of these strategic focus areas is the Nordic region.

  5. Sebastian Thrun:

    At the moment we are active in a niche market, but we plan to expand.

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