Antonyms for niches

Grammar : Noun
Spell : nich
Phonetic Transcription : nɪtʃ

Definition of niches

Origin :
  • 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.
  • noun place all one's own
Example sentences :
  • Into the niches in the wall of a large chamber my brother had put his books.
  • Extract from : « My Reminiscences » by Rabindranath Tagore
  • The niches in the west face, intended for figures, are all empty.
  • Extract from : « Ely Cathedral » by Anonymous
  • In niches of the wall were a number of grotesque Chinese idols.
  • Extract from : « The Yellow Claw » by Sax Rohmer
  • And in each of the niches rested a polished skull, a nonhuman skull.
  • Extract from : « Storm Over Warlock » by Andre Norton
  • There were also niches on either side, where he could stand while a train was passing.
  • Extract from : « The Mines and its Wonders » by W.H.G. Kingston
  • Six of these niches are closed up without any apparent reason.
  • Extract from : « Museum of Antiquity » by L. W. Yaggy
  • The surface of the niches also has been painted with figures.
  • Extract from : « Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 » by Various
  • But the caskets had been removed; and were piled in a corner, and in the niches were rifles.
  • Extract from : « Long Live the King » by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Paresi and the Captain stepped into niches flanking the console.
  • Extract from : « Breaking Point » by James E. Gunn
  • In the niches below, some of the most precious relics were kept.
  • Extract from : « Westminster Abbey » by Mrs. A. Murray Smith

Synonyms for niches

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