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niche

niche

 
 
pronunciation:
nIch [or] nich [or] nish
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
features:
Word History
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a crevice or recessed area, esp. an ornamental one set in a wall to hold a statue, urn, or the like.
synonyms:
nook, recess
similar words:
alcove, cavity, cranny, crevice, cubbyhole, hollow
definition 2: a situation or activity for which a person or organization is especially well suited.
He found his niche in chemical engineering.
similar words:
calling, element, métier, medium, place, position, role, slot
definition 3: the part of an ecological system occupied by a particular organism, or the functions of that organism in the system.
The niche of earthworms in the production of soil and growth of plants.
similar words:
element, environment, function, habitat, job, medium
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: niched, niches, niching
definition: to place in a niche.
similar words:
recess
Word History
Niche comes from nicchia, an Italian word that means "nook." This Italian word was formed from an earlier word, nicchio, which means "seashell."