WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
niche /nɪtʃ/USA pronunciation   n. 
    [countable]
  1. 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.
  2. a suitable place or position:trying to find his niche in the world.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
niche  (nich),USA pronunciation n., adj., v.,  niched, nich•ing. 
n. 
  1. Architecturean ornamental recess in a wall or the like, usually semicircular in plan and arched, as for a statue or other decorative object.
  2. a place or position suitable or appropriate for a person or thing:to find one's niche in the business world.
  3. Businessa distinct segment of a market.
  4. Ecologythe position or function of an organism in a community of plants and animals.

adj. 
  1. Businesspertaining to or intended for a market niche;
    having specific appeal:niche advertising.

v.t. 
  1. 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
  • 1605–15
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged calling, vocation, slot, berth.

niche,0 +n. 
  • Businessa distinct segment of a market.

  • adj. 
    1. Businessof or pertaining to a distinct segment of a market.


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    niche /nɪtʃ; niːʃ/ n
    1. a recess in a wall, esp one that contains a statue
    2. a position particularly suitable for the person occupying it: he found his niche in politics
    3. (modifier) relating to or aimed at a small specialized group or market
    4. the role of a plant or animal within its community and habitat, which determines its activities, relationships with other organisms, etc
    vb
    1. (transitive) to place (a statue) in a niche; ensconce (oneself)
    Etymology: 17th Century: from French, from Old French nichier to nest, from Vulgar Latin nīdicāre (unattested) to build a nest, from Latin nīdus nest



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