niche

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French niche, from Old French niche, from nicher (make a nest) (modern French nicher), from Latin nīdus (nest). Doublet of nidus and nide via Latin and nest via Proto-Indo-European; also related to nyas.

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niche (plural niches)

  1. (architecture) A cavity, hollow, or recess, generally within the thickness of a wall, for a statue, bust, or other erect ornament. Hence, any similar position, literal or figurative.
    Synonym: nook
    • 1641, John Evelyn, William Bray, editor, John Evelyn's Diary, volume 1, London: Henry Colburn, published 1850, page 34:
      On the margin of this long tract, are abundance of shrines and images, defended from the injuries of the weather by niches of stone wherein they are placed.
  2. (ecology) A function within an ecological system to which an organism is especially suited.
  3. (by extension) Any position of opportunity for which one is well-suited, such as a particular market in business.
    Synonyms: specialty, specialization,
  4. (Islam) An arrow woven into a prayer rug pointing in the direction of qibla.

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Verb[edit]

niche (third-person singular simple present niches, present participle niching, simple past and past participle niched)

  1. (transitive) To place in a niche.
    a niched vase
  2. (transitive, marketing) To specialize in a niche, or particular narrow section of the market.
    • 2002, Frederick Betz, Executive Strategy (page 92)
      Product differentiation will be mostly limited to market niching and fashion.

Adjective[edit]

niche (comparative more niche, superlative most niche)

  1. Pertaining to or intended for a market niche; having specific appeal.
    niche products
    niche audience
    • 2016, BookLover, How to Become A Massive YouTube Celebrity[1]:
      You can go even more niche if you like though and choose 'crocheting' or 'bird sewing patterns' but the 'more niche' you go, the more you narrow your audience.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French niche, from Middle French niche, from Old French niche.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /niʃ/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ni‧che

Noun[edit]

niche f (plural niches, diminutive nicheje n)

  1. (especially in ecology and business) a niche

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French[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle French niche, from Old French niche, from nichier (make a nest), from Latin nīdus (nest) (via a verb *nīdicāre).

Noun[edit]

niche f (plural niches)

  1. niche
  2. kennel (for dog)
Descendants[edit]
  • Danish: niche
  • Dutch: niche
  • English: niche
  • Macedonian: ниша (niša)
  • Russian: ниша (niša)

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb[edit]

niche

  1. first-person singular present indicative of nicher
  2. third-person singular present indicative of nicher
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of nicher
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of nicher
  5. second-person singular imperative of nicher

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Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French niche, from nichier (make a nest), from Latin nīdus (nest).

Noun[edit]

niche f (plural niches)

  1. (Jersey) kennel

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Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈnit͡ʃe/, [ˈni.t͡ʃe]

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niche m (plural niches)

  1. (Venezuela, slang, offensive) low-class