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cornice (plural cornices)
- (architecture) A horizontal architectural element of a building, projecting forward from the main walls, originally used as a means of directing rainwater away from the building's walls.
- A decorative element applied at the topmost part of the wall of a room, as with a crown moulding.
1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, The China Governess:
- The half-dozen pieces […] were painted white and carved with festoons of flowers, birds and cupids. […] The bed was the most extravagant piece. Its graceful cane halftester rose high towards the cornice and was so festooned in carved white wood that the effect was positively insecure, as if the great couch were trimmed with icing sugar.
- A decorative element at the topmost portion of certain pieces of furniture, as with a highboy.
horizontal architectural element
decorative element at top of room
decorative element on furniture
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cornice f (plural cornici)