A recess or partly enclosed extension connected to or forming part of a room.(noun)
A secluded structure, such as a bower, in a garden.(noun)
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Use "alcove" in a sentence
"Within the alcove is my ebony rod, wound with the silver serpent."
"He presses a button and alcove is lighted by electricity, discovering the face of a large safe."
"(Old Slave Block in St. Louis Hotel, New Orleans -- The name over the middle alcove is "M. Barnett", which was my birth name)"