recess (n.) Look up recess at
1530s, "act of receding," from Latin recessus "a going back, retreat," from recessum, past participle of recedere "to recede" (see recede). Meaning "hidden or remote part" first recorded 1610s; that of "period of stopping from usual work" is from 1620s, probably from parliamentary notion of "recessing" into private chambers.
recess (v.) Look up recess at
1809, from recess (n.). Related: Recessed; recessing.