Definition of Cornish in English:

Cornish

Line breaks: Corn|ish
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːnɪʃ
 
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adjective

Relating to Cornwall or its people or language.
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  • These same generations witnessed the break-up of a classical Gaelic which had been common to western Scotland and Ireland, and the decay towards extinction of the Cornish language.
  • Soon more Cornish miners from Cornwall were engaged and before long the town had a truly multicultural society.
  • This will be a valuable resource for anybody interested in Cornish language and culture.

noun

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1 (as plural noun the Cornish) The people of Cornwall collectively.
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  • Tin mining has played an essential part in shaping both the landscape of Cornwall and the character of the Cornish.
  • At a loss for what to do, they called upon the world's best hard-rock miners: the Cornish.
  • It isn't going to give you a new appreciation for the plight of the Cornish.
2 [mass noun] The ancient Celtic language of Cornwall, belonging to the Brythonic branch of the Celtic language group. It gradually died out in the 17th and 18th centuries, although attempts have been made to revive it.
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  • The Celtic language of Cornish, once spoken in southwestern England, expired abruptly in 1777 when its last living speaker died.
  • The other living native languages of the British Isles - Manx, Cornish, and Norman French - are used officially only in restricted ceremonial circumstances.
  • Most Bretons speak both French and Breton, a Celtic language related to Welsh and Cornish.

Origin

late Middle English: from the first element of Cornwall + -ish1.

Derivatives

Cornishman

noun (plural Cornishmen)
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  • Three heroic Cornishmen, members of the ancient Stannery Parliament, have been asserting Cornish national identity by removing English Heritage signs from such historic places as King Arthur's castle at Tintagel.
  • Despite everything, English was to triumph, thanks to the efforts of two Cornishmen, one of them John Trevisa, from St Mellion, who died in 1402.
  • King Arthur is said to have visited York on his return from having subdued France but Cornishmen claim his Round Table was set up in Cornwall and no doubt will defend this claim vigorously.

Cornishwoman

noun (plural Cornishwomen)
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  • Cornishmen and Cornishwomen and members of their family by birth, marriage or descent are eligible for membership.
  • She was a typical Cornishwoman, and had lived in Sennen all her life.
  • Two passengers rose, a brown, freckled Cornishwoman, balancing herself along the gangway with a basket of eggs, a gaunt old man in threadbare tweeds stooping after her.

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