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alcove (noun) a room or a section of a room, formed by the projection of a part of a wall; a recess.
This is a term from architecture. In some buildings there are rooms formed by a part of the wall built further back from the rest of the wall. Such a room is an alcove, and is used for accommodating book cases, small beds, etc..
- The alcove is enough to accommodate a children's bed and can be used as a children's bedroom.
- The house is small and they have to make do with the accommodation available, so they fitted the book case into the alcove.