Niche definition

nĭch, nēsh
A place or position particularly suitable to the person or thing in it.
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A recess in a wall, as for holding a statue or urn.
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Any small, specialized business market.
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A cranny, hollow, or crevice, as in rock.
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To place in a niche.
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The definition of a niche is a specialized part of a market for products or services or a little separated area in a room.

An example of a niche is a market for beagle products, which is a niche in the market of dog products as a whole.

An example of a niche is a little windowseat in a house tucked into a corner.

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A situation or activity specially suited to a person's interests, abilities, or nature.

Found her niche in life.

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A special area of demand for a product or service.
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The function or position of an organism or population within an ecological community.
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The range of environmental conditions within which the members of a given species can survive and reproduce.
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A recess or hollow in a wall, as for a statue, bust, or vase.
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The particular role of an individual species or organism in its community and its environment, including its behavior and its position in the food cycle.
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The specific space occupied by an organism within its habitat.
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To place in or as in a niche.
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The function or position of a species within an ecological community. A species's niche includes the physical environment to which it has become adapted as well as its role as producer and consumer of food resources.
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(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.

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(biology) A function within an ecological system to which an organism is especially suited.
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(by extension) Any position of opportunity for which one is well-suited, such as a particular market in business.
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An arrow woven into a Muslim prayer rug pointing in the direction of Mecca.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
niche
Plural:
niches

Origin of niche

  • French from Old French from nichier to nest (from Vulgar Latin nīdicāre) (from Latin nīdus nest sed- in Indo-European roots) or from Old Italian nicchio seashell (perhaps from Latin mītulus mussel)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French niche, from nichier (“make a nest") (modern French nicher), from Latin nÄ«dus (“nest").

    From Wiktionary