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cornice

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noun cor·nice \ˈkȯr-nəs, -nish\

Definition of cornice

  1. 1a :  the molded and projecting horizontal member that crowns an architectural composition — see column illustrationb :  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

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Origin and Etymology of cornice

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

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cornice

verb cor·nice

Definition of cornice

corniced

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cornicing

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

First Known Use of cornice

1744

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CORNICE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of cornice for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CORNICE Defined for Kids

cornice

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noun cor·nice \ˈkȯr-nəs\

Definition of cornice for Students

  1. 1 :  an ornamental piece that forms the top edge of the front of a building or pillar

  2. 2 :  an ornamental molding placed where the walls meet the ceiling of a room


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