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From Middle French corniche or Italian cornice, from Latin cornīx (“crow”).
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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 molding.
- 1834, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Francesca Carrara. […], volume III, London: Richard Bentley, […], (successor to Henry Colburn), →OCLC, page 113:
- That ceiling was covered with square compartments,[...] It was supported by a gilded cornice, carved into a thousand curious shapes and emblems, among which the horned wolf, the crest of the Avonleigh family, was conspicuous.
- 1925 July – 1926 May, A[rthur] Conan Doyle, “(please specify the chapter number)”, in The Land of Mist (eBook no. 0601351h.html), Australia: Project Gutenberg Australia, published April 2019:
- Challenger looked up at the cornice and round at the skirting.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, in 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.
- (geography, mountaineering) An overhanging edge of snow on a ridge or the crest of a mountain and along the sides of gullies.
- Synonym: snow cornice
- 1999, Harish Kapadia, “Ascents in the Panch Chuli Group”, in Across Peaks & Passes in Kumaun Himalaya, New Delhi: Indus Publishing Company, →ISBN, page 136:
- Looking to the east we could see Api and the mountains of west Nepal, shapely snow peaks in the distance, while in the immediate foreground, much lower but still dramatic, were the peaks of Panch Chuli IV and V (III was hidden by the lip of a huge cornice), Telkot and Nagling, all of them unclimbed, all steep and challenging.
horizontal architectural element
decorative element at top of room
decorative element on furniture
an accumulation of snow
cornice (third-person singular simple present cornices, present participle cornicing, simple past and past participle corniced)
- (transitive) To furnish or decorate with a cornice.
- ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “cornice”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
From Latin cornīx (“crow”), influenced by Ancient Greek κορωνίς (korōnís, “curved line”) from the same root.
cornice f (plural cornici)
- (poetic, obsolete) carrion crow
- Synonym: cornacchia
- (architecture) cornice
- Synonym: cornicione
- (figurative) background, setting
cornice f (plural cornice)
- Alternative form of cornișă
Declension of cornice
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