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niche

 
 
pronunciation:
nIch [or] nich [or] nish
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a hollow place set into a wall to hold a statue or some other object.
She placed a vase in the niche.
synonyms:
nook, recess
similar words:
alcove, cavity, hollow
definition 2: a job or activity that seems just right for a particular person.
She knew she had found her niche the first time she picked up a saxophone.
similar words:
element, medium, place, position, role, slot
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."