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1 a position particularly well suited to the person who occupies it; "he found his niche in the academic world"
2 a small concavity [syn: recess, recession, corner]
3 an enclosure that is set back or indented [syn: recess]
4 (ecology) the status of an organism within its environment and community (affecting its survival as a species) [syn: ecological niche]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Old (and modern) French niche, from nichier ‘make a nest’ (modern nicher), from Latin nidus ‘nest’.



  1. 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." --Evelun.
  2. : A function within an ecological system to which an organism is especially suited.
  3. In the context of "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



cavity, hollow, or recess
ecological function of an organism
position of opportunity
  • ttbc Persian: (فرصت ) شغلی

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Old French, from nichier (modern nicher), from Latin nidus ‘nest’.


  • /niʃ/


fr-noun f
  1. niche
  2. kennel (for dog)
  3. hoax, trick

Verb form

  1. first person singular indicative and subjunctive of nicher

Extensive Definition

Niche may refer to:
niche in Czech: Nika (rozcestník)
niche in Danish: Niche
niche in German: Nische
niche in French: Niche
niche in Norwegian: Nisje
niche in Portuguese: Nicho (desambiguação)
niche in Russian: Ниша (значения)
niche in Slovak: Nika
niche in Finnish: Niche
niche in Swedish: Nisch

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