niche

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French niche, from Middle French niche, from Old French niche, from nicher (to make a nest) (modern French nicher), from Vulgar Latin *nīdicāre, 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.
    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. Any similar position, literal or figurative.
  3. Specifically, a cremation niche; a columbarium.
  4. (ecology) A function within an ecological system to which an organism is especially suited.
  5. (by extension) Any position of opportunity for which one is well-suited, such as a particular market in business.
    Synonyms: specialty, specialization
  6. (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, deverbal of nichier (make a nest), from an unattested verb *nīdicāre, from Latin nīdus (nest).

Noun[edit]

niche f (plural niches)

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

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Verb[edit]

niche

  1. inflection of nicher:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

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Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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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

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