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[kawr-nish, kawr-neesh] /ˈkɔr nɪʃ, kɔrˈniʃ/
a winding road cut into the side of a steep hill or along the face of a coastal cliff.
Origin of corniche
1830-40; < French, by ellipsis from route de corniche, route en corniche (corniche rock ledge < Italian; see cornice) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for corniche
Historical Examples
  • It was one of the things tourists did when they were visiting the corniche for a day.

    Riviera Towns

    Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • You can go by Switzerland or by the corniche route, as you please.

  • We took the corniche trip toward evening for the sake of the sunset.

    The Car That Went Abroad

    Albert Bigelow Paine
  • Perhaps you will read it at Monte, out on the corniche Road.

    From Out the Vasty Deep Mrs. Belloc Lowndes
  • They play poker with the corniche landscape, that people come from all over the world to see, right before their eyes.

    The Enemies of Women Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • On leaving Castellamare the road forms a corniche winding along the bank.

  • A solitary amazon swallowing the dust and the salt spray of the corniche promenade would attract too much attention.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • I came here; I searched the hotels; at your hotel the porter told me that your trunks had been carted to a villa on the corniche.

    Running Sands Reginald Wright Kauffman
  • The corniche de l'Estrel has been singled out by the moving-picture men for playing out-of-door scenarios.

    Riviera Towns

    Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • We were led beyond Cannes to the corniche de l'Estrel by the absence of a tram line.

    Riviera Towns

    Herbert Adams Gibbons
British Dictionary definitions for corniche


a coastal road, esp one built into the face of a cliff
Word Origin
C19: from corniche road, originally the coastal road between Nice and Monte Carlo; see cornice
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