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corniche Line breaks: cor|niche
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːnɪʃ/

Definition of corniche in English:


A road cut into the edge of a cliff, especially one running along a coast.
Example sentences
  • I don't think I could even tell you where the famous casino was, although I did park our rental car downtown (having driven along the various corniches above the city).
  • As we drove along the corniche towards the Sonesta St George hotel, my heart lurched in time with each jolt as cars and battered open vans serving as local buses jostled horse-drawn carriages, donkeys and suicidal pedestrians off the road.
  • As dusk descends, I drive along the high corniche that runs from the airport in the direction of the island's bustling capital.


Mid 19th century: from French (see cornice).

Words that rhyme with corniche

microfiche • hashish

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