Webster 1913 Edition
alcôve, Sp. or Pg.
alcoba, from Ar.
al-quobbaharch, vault, tent.]
A recessed portion of a room, or a small room opening into a larger one; especially, a recess to contain a bed; a lateral recess in a library.
A small ornamental building with seats, or an arched seat, in a pleasure ground; a garden bower.
Any natural recess analogous to an alcove or recess in an apartment.
The youthful wanderers found a wild
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A recess, or part of a room, separated by an estrade, or partition of columns, or by other corresponding ornaments; in which is placed a bed of state, and sometimes seats for company. The bed is sometimes raised two or three steps, with a rail at the foot. These are frequent in Spain.
2.A recess in a library, or small lateral apartment for books.