Definition of cornice in English:


Line breaks: cor|nice
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːnɪs


  • 1An ornamental moulding round the wall of a room just below the ceiling.
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    • Each has a feature fireplace surround and there are ceiling cornices in the living room and hallway.
    • There are double-glazed, maintenance-free windows in each house and decorative ceiling cornices in the living room and hall.
    • The original sash windows are in perfect working condition, the original wooden window panelling and doors remain and the main rooms have cornices and ceiling roses.
  • 1.1A horizontal moulded projection crowning a building or structure, especially the uppermost member of the entablature of an order, surmounting the frieze.
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    • The windows are surmounted by rusticated wooden jack arches with superimposed keystones, and a heavy modillion cornice crowns the bold Georgian proportions of the facade.
    • The flat fourth story is crowned by an emphatic cornice, above which is a tall mansard roof sheltering two more stories.
    • Now a historic district, downtown boasts blocks of two- and three-story commercial buildings with elaborate cornices.
  • 2An overhanging mass of hardened snow at the edge of a mountain precipice.
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    • Climbing alpine style - fast and light, with no set camps - they took on bitter winds and heavy-laden cornices of snow but summited in three and a half days.
    • In winter, it looks positively Alpine when the snow forms sweeping cornices.
    • Hawk was standing on top of a snow cornice near the top of the peak when the cornice broke loose from the mountain, sending Hawk churning down the slope.



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  • A porch with a solid teak front door opens onto a bright hallway with a polished French oak floor, a corniced ceiling, understairs storage and guest toilet.
  • At the moment the property includes an L-shaped entrance hall with a cream colour scheme and a corniced ceiling with decorative archway.
  • The entrance hall is an elegant heart to this 112 square metre house and features original polished floorboards and a high corniced ceiling with centre rose and dado rail.


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  • This leads to a hall with hand-carved ceiling cornicing and coving, a dado rail and archway.
  • It includes an entrance hall with ceiling cornicing, a dado rail, solid timber floors and an understairs storage cupboard.
  • The enclosed entrance porch has a mosaic tiled floor and leads to a gracious entrance hall with wooden floorboards, a dado rail, ornate cornicing and a centrepiece.


mid 16th century: from French corniche, from Italian cornice, perhaps from Latin cornix 'crow' (compare with corbel), but influenced by Greek korōnis 'coping stone'.

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