- a horizontal molding projecting along the top of a wall, building, etc.
- the top part of an entablature
- a projecting, decorative strip above a window, designed to keep a curtain rod from showing
Origin of corniceFrench from Italian from Classical Latin coronis, curved line, flourish in writing from Classical Greek kor?nis, curved object: see crown
transitive verb-·niced, -·nic·ing
to top as with a cornice
- a. A horizontal molded projection that crowns or completes a building or wall.b. The uppermost part of an entablature.
- a. A strip of molding that runs along the upper part of a wall just below the ceiling.b. An ornamental horizontal molding or frame used to conceal rods, picture hooks, or other devices.
- An overhanging mass of windblown snow on a ridge or the crest of a mountain.
transitive verbcor·niced, cor·nic·ing, cor·nic·es
To supply, decorate, or finish with or as if with a cornice.
Origin of corniceObsolete French from Italian possibly from Latin cornīx cornīc- crow, from its resemblance to a crow's beak ( influenced by Greek korōnis curved line, flourish )
- (architecture) A horizontal architectural element of a building, projecting forward from the main walls, originally used as a means of directing rainwater away from the building's walls. See also: eaves, fascia.
- A decorative element applied at the topmost part of the wall of a room, as with a crown moulding.
- A decorative element at the topmost portion of certain pieces of furniture, as with a highboy.
Perhaps from Latin cornix, 'crow', influenced by Ancient Greek κορωνίς (koronis, “crown”).