Meaning of “cornice” in the English Dictionary


"cornice" in English

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cornicenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɔː.nɪs/ us /ˈkɔːr.nɪs/

Examples from literature

  • In shape it is hexagonal, with shafts at the angles rising into an enriched cornice. 
  • Over each arch attached to the cornice, surrounding the building, there were three grotesque heads. 
  • The afternoon was dark and electric lights burned along the cornice of the room engaged for the shareholders' meeting. 
  • The horizontal lines of the architrave and cornice predominate over the vertical lines of the columns. 
  • The walls were ornamented with the choicest specimens of French paper, enriched with a gilded cornice of elegant design. 

(Definition of “cornice” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cornice" in American English

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cornicenoun [ C ]

us /ˈkɔr·nɪs/

a decorative border of wood or stone at the edge of the ceiling of a room or under the roof of a building

(Definition of “cornice” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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