Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “recess”

See all translations

recess

noun  /ˈri·ses, rɪˈses/ us  

recess noun (PAUSE)

[C] a period of time in which an organized activity such as study or work is temporarily stopped: Congress returns from its August recess next week. After lunch, the kids have recess.

recess noun (SECRET PLACE)

[C usually pl] a secret or hidden place: He pointed his flashlight into the dark recesses of the cave. [C usually pl] A recess is also an alcove .
(Definition of recess from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of recess?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “recess”

Definitions of “recess” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

baby

a very young child, especially one that has not yet begun to walk or talk

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More