niche

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French niche, from Old French niche, from nichier (make a nest) (modern French nicher), from Latin nīdus (nest).

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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.
    "Images defended from the injuries of the weather by niches of stone wherein they are placed." --Evelyn.
  2. (biology) 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.
  4. An arrow woven into a Muslim prayer rug pointing in the direction of Mecca.

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

  1. (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.
    • 2016, BookLover, How to Become A Massive YouTube Celebrity
      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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niche f (plural niches, diminutive nicheje n)

  1. (biology) (business) niche

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French niche, from nichier (make a nest), from Latin nīdus (nest) (via a verb *nīdicāre). Alternatively, borrowed from Italian nicchia or nicchio.

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niche f (plural niches)

  1. niche
  2. kennel (for dog)

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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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