What does "niche" mean?


A niche is a space into which something fits. The word is often used in reference to ecology, but it can also reference a person's specialty.

Niche comes from the Old French word "nichier" which means to nest. In architecture, a niche is a decorative inset area in a wall that can be used to display statues or other collectibles. When used in relation to ecology, a niche is the place in which a specific species fits into its environment. Niche may also refer to a segment of the population. When people find their place in the world, it is often said they have found their niche.

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an ornamental recess in a wall or the like, usually semicircular in plan and arched, as for a statue or other decorative object.
a place or position suitable or appropriate for a person or thing: to find one's niche in the business world.
a distinct segment of a market.
Ecology the position or function of an organism in a community of plants and animals.
pertaining to or intended for a market niche; having specific appeal: niche advertising.
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