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)

Origin: F, fr. It. Nicchia, prop, a shell-like recess in a wall, fr. Nicchio a shellfish, mussel, fr. L. Mytilus.

(01 Mar 1998)

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