- niche (n.) 1610s, "shallow recess in a wall," from Fr. niche "recess (for a dog), kennel" (14c.), perhaps from It. nicchia "niche, nook," from nicchio "seashell," said by Klein and Barnhart to be probably from L. mitulus "mussel," but the change of -m- to -n- is not explained. Watkins suggests that the word is from an Old French noun derived from nichier "to nestle, nest, build a nest," via Gallo-Romance *nidicare from L. nidus "nest;" but that has difficulties, too. Figurative sense is first recorded 1725. Biological use dates from 1927.
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niche — 1. (ni ch ) s. f. 1° Enfoncement pratiqué dans l épaisseur de quelque corps solide, pour y placer quelque chose, une statue, un vase, etc. Mettre une statue dans une niche. Le choeur de cette église est orné de saints placés dans des niches.… … Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré
Niche — (UK /ˈniːʃ/ or US … Wikipedia
Niche — Gewässerkennzahl FR: A4400300 Lage Lothringen, Frankreich Flusssystem … Deutsch Wikipedia
niche — The usual pronunciation is neesh, in the French manner, although the anglicized form nich is also heard. In business jargon, niche (always pronounced neesh, of course) means ‘a special section of the market’ to which the marketing effort for… … Modern English usage
Niche — • A recess for the reception of a statue, so designed as to give it emphasis, frame it effectively, and afford some measure of protection. Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Niche Niche … Catholic encyclopedia
niché — niché, ée (ni ché, chée) part. passé de nicher. Logé dans un nid. Un faucon niché au haut d un arbre. Par extension. • Lors je lui dis : te voilà mal niché, Petit larron ; cherche une autre retraite : Celle du coeur sera bien plus secrète, J … Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré
niche — [ nıtʃ ] noun count 1. ) a job or activity that you are good at and that is very suitable for you: She s never really found her niche in life. 2. ) BUSINESS an opportunity to sell a particular product or service that no one else is selling: The… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
Niche — (n[i^]ch), n. [F., fr. It. nicchia, prop., a shell like recess in a wall, fr. nicchio a shellfish, mussel, fr. L. mytilus.] A cavity, hollow, or recess, generally within the thickness of a wall, for a statue, bust, or other erect ornament. Hence … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
niche — ► NOUN 1) a shallow recess, especially one in a wall to display an ornament. 2) (one s niche) a comfortable or suitable position in life. 3) a specialized but profitable corner of the market. 4) Ecology a role taken by a type of organism within… … English terms dictionary
niche — [nich; ] Brit also [ nēsh] n. [Fr < OFr nichier, to nest < VL * nidicare < L nidus, NEST] 1. a recess or hollow in a wall, as for a statue, bust, or vase 2. a place or position particularly suitable to the person or thing in it 3. any… … English World dictionary