WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
niche /nɪtʃ/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- Architecturea recess in a wall or the like, usually in the shape of a half circle with an arch, as for a statue or other decorative object.
- a suitable place or position:trying to find his niche in the world.
(nich),USA pronunciation n., adj., v., niched, nich•ing. n.
- Architecturean 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.
- Businessa distinct segment of a market.
- Ecologythe position or function of an organism in a community of plants and animals.
- Businesspertaining to or intended for a market niche;
having specific appeal:niche advertising.
- to place (something) in a niche.
- Vulgar Latin *nīdiculāre, derivative of Latin nīdus nest
- French, Middle French, back formation from nicher to make a nest
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged calling, vocation, slot, berth.
Businessa distinct segment of a market.
- Businessof or pertaining to a distinct segment of a market.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
niche /nɪtʃ; niːʃ/ n
- a recess in a wall, esp one that contains a statue
- 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
- the role of a plant or animal within its community and habitat, which determines its activities, relationships with other organisms, etc
Etymology: 17th Century: from French, from Old French nichier to nest, from Vulgar Latin nīdicāre (unattested) to build a nest, from Latin nīdus nest
- (transitive) to place (a statue) in a niche; ensconce (oneself)
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