A small recess or offshoot area in which one can roll up and hide from life. Or hide things.

Also: a "specialized market;" a small-but-devoted group to which/whom a certain non-mainstream product might be aimed.

Niche (ni:S, nItS), 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, any similar position, literal or figurative.

Images defended from the injuries of the weather by niches of stone wherein they are placed. Evelun.


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