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Cor·​nish ˈkȯr-nish How to pronounce Cornish (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of Cornwall, Cornishmen, or Cornish


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: the Celtic language of Cornwall
: any of an English breed of domestic chickens much used in crossbreeding for meat production compare rock cornish hen

Examples of Cornish in a Sentence

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Like It' After posting Jessie (née Jessica Ellen Cornish) took to her story again to reveal more about where the inspiration for the playroom came from. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024 Also winning titles were Anaheim’s Lilyana Balderas (Blue Division, 125), San Clemente’s Berlyn Davis (Blue Division, 145) and Tesoro’s Sophia Cornish (Gold Division, 110). Steve Fryer, Orange County Register, 25 Feb. 2024 Peter Sprague Trio performs at library The Peter Sprague Trio will give a free concert from 2 to 3 p.m. March 3 at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive, hosted by the Friends of the Encinitas Library. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Feb. 2024 Teaming up with a local Cornish charity, St Petrocs, the new plan is to build homes in Nansledan, Newquay — in the far southwest of England — at a cost of nearly $4 million (£3 million), PEOPLE understands. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 19 Feb. 2024 With the help of his supply, Eddie finishes his book, kills it on the stock market, and in his relationship with Lindy (Abbie Cornish) — but his success doesn't go unnoticed, and soon everyone from finance tycoon Carl von Loon (Robert De Niro) to the Russian mob wants a piece of him., 13 Nov. 2023 The deal will see Spotify’s enterprise podcast platform, Megaphone, host and distribute select podcasts from Warner Bros. Discovery, including CNN’s All There Is with Anderson Cooper, The Assignment with Audie Cornish and HBO’s The Official Game of Thrones Podcast: House of the Dragon. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Dec. 2023 While the tree looked festive in the background, the focus of the video was Grammy-winning pianist Philip Cornish serenading Kardashian’s home with live Christmas music. Natalia Senanayake, Peoplemag, 11 Dec. 2023 Its namesake founder traveled on foot from the Cornish coast to London in 1851 as an apprentice bootmaker and also journeyed to Australia during the gold rush. Isaiah Freeman-Schub, Robb Report, 7 Dec. 2023

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Word History



Middle English Cornysshe, from Cornwaile Cornwall, England

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Cornish was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cornish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: any of an English breed of sturdy compact chickens
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