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Definition a smaller market within a larger market — such as the market for scissors designed for people who are left-handed

or:

a role for which someone is especially well-suited

or:

a shallow recess, cranny or crevice

More rarely, niche can refer to a role for a species within an ecosystem.
  • She found her niche in the academic world.
niche = a role for which someone is especially well-suited
  • The statue is in a niche in the living room.
  • ...some companies, such as eBay, are big winners in niches no rational planner could have predicted.
    Michael J. Mandel  --  Rational Exuberance
  • But now there came from out the niche a low laugh that erected the hairs upon my head.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • niche = smaller area within
  • They climbed a steep trail where niches for toes and fingers had been worn into the yellow sandrock after centuries of use.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • niches = a shallow recess or hole
  • On both sides, hollow niches lined the walls.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • niches = shallow recesses (each like a single space built into the wall to hold something)
  • Little goblins sat in niches in the rock.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • niches = shallow recesses, crannies or crevices
  • Candles burned in niches in the walls.
    David Almond  --  Kit's Wilderness
  • niches = shallow recessed shelves
  • If, after long lapse of years, the right seems to be in our power, we find no niche to set it in.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • Tried to tell me she was glad I'd found my niche.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • By the great commercializing of printing you've found a harmless, polite occupation for every genius who might have carved his own niche.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • At times the sanctuary extended into the core of the tower so that the niche with the image was located within the base of the temple tower.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • She let the horses graze, then hobbled them for the night and made herself as comfortable as she could in a niche between two rocks.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • This time she led him to the other side of the gods, to a niche in the wall where the white panel had fallen out.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • Something like a natural fountain, maybe, a bubbling-up of crystal-clear water cupped in a niche of ancient mossy rocks.
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
  • Westminster Abbey was a tangled warren of mausoleums, perimeter chambers, and walk-in burial niches.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Along the dark wall at the back of this temple or gallery were placed six niches for statues, which Odintsov had proceeded to order from abroad.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Duane worked half-way down to the level, and, well hidden in a niche, he settled himself to watch both trail and valley.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • The handles of a few knives and other tools protruded from niches in the walls.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Jason moved to the row of niches.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena

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