recess - definition and synonyms

noun 

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/rɪˈses/

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/ˈriːses/
singularrecess
pluralrecesses
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a short time between periods of work in an official organization, especially a court or parliament

    Parliament returns from its summer recess next week.

    1. a.
      American a period between school lessons when students can eat, rest, or play. The British word is break.
  2. 2
    [countable] a space in a room where part of a wall is further back than the rest of it