cor·​niche kȯr-ˈnēsh How to pronounce corniche (audio)
: a road built along a coast and especially along the face of a cliff

Examples of corniche in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company’s other ranking property is Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza, a stately tower on Cairo’s riverside corniche that comes in at No. 5. Hannah Walhout, Travel + Leisure, 11 July 2023 In his aerie on the corniche, Mubarak denied culture-washing. John Arlidge, Travel + Leisure, 18 Mar. 2023 The road looked better suited to donkeys; in fact, animal transport was the mode of the day when Romans hewed this historical corniche. Lauren Mowery, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022 Visitors flocked to the corniche that runs along the Shatt al Arab river, the city’s main tourist attraction, and the streets were humming with excitement, especially during matches. Mustafa Salim, Washington Post, 18 Jan. 2023 Lastly, Balich is creating a daily water show off Doha’s corniche, the promenade alongside the city’s bay. Mark Heim |, al, 20 Nov. 2022 Families walk the corniche or have evening picnics in the parks, and malls bustle with activity. Felicia Campbell, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History


borrowed from French, short for route de corniche, route en corniche "cornice road" — more at cornice

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of corniche was in 1835

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Cite this Entry

“Corniche.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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