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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: recessus, from the past participle of recedere; RECEDE

recess

1 noun
     
Related topics: House, Parliaments, Law, School
re‧cess1
1 [uncountable and countable]PGPSCL a time during the day or year when no work is done, especially in parliament, law courts etc:
Parliament's summer recess
2 [uncountable] American EnglishSES a short period of time between lessons at a school when children can go outdoors and play [= break British English]
Her favorite things at school are music and recess.
3 [countable]DHH a space in the wall of a room, especially for shelves, cupboards etc [= alcove]
4

the recesses of something

the inner hidden parts of something:
the deep recesses of the cave
fears hidden away in the darker recesses of her mind

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