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Definition recess


From Latin recessus.


recess (countable and uncountable, plural recesses)

  1. (countable or uncountable) A break, pause or vacation.
  2. An inset, hole, space or opening.
  3. (US, Australia, Canada) A time of play during the school day, usually on a playground; (Britain) break, playtime.
  4. A decree of the imperial diet of the old German empire.
  5. (archaic) A withdrawing or retiring; a moving back; retreat.
  6. (archaic) The state of being withdrawn; seclusion; privacy.
  7. (archaic) A place of retirement, retreat, secrecy, or seclusion.
  8. A secret or abstruse part.
  9. (botany, zoology) A sinus.


recess (third-person singular simple present recesses, present participle recessing, simple past and past participle recessed)

  1. To inset into something, or to recede.
  2. (intransitive) To take or declare a break.
  3. (transitive, informal) To appoint, with a recess appointment.
  4. To make a recess in.



  1. (obsolete, rare) Remote, distant (in time or place).

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