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cornice

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noun cor·nice \ˈkȯr-nəs, -nish\

Simple Definition of cornice

  • : the decorative top edge of a building or column

  • : a decorative strip of wood or some other material used at the top of the walls in a room

Full Definition of cornice

  1. 1 a :  the molded and projecting horizontal member that crowns an architectural composition — see column illustration b :  a top course that crowns a wall

  2. 2 :  a decorative band of metal or wood used to conceal curtain fixtures

  3. 3 :  an overhanging mass of windblown snow or ice usually on a ridge

Illustration of cornice

Origin of cornice

Middle French, from Italian, frame, cornice, from Latin cornic-, cornix crow; akin to Greek korax raven — more at raven


First Known Use: 1563

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cornice

verb cor·nice

Definition of cornice

cor·nicedcor·nic·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to furnish or crown with a cornice



1744

First Known Use of cornice

1744

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