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[kawr-ni-shon] /ˈkɔr nɪˌʃɒn/
a black vinifera grape grown for table use.
the vine itself.
(lowercase) a cucumber pickle; gherkin.
Origin of Cornichon
1965-70; < French: literally, little horn, equivalent to corne horn + -ichon diminutive suffix Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Cornichon
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  • It is used especially for the Cornichon and Malaga in rich soil.

  • My friend Cornichon, who is a goldsmith, works as long as a painter or a smith.

    A Tramp's Wallet William Duthie
  • Cornichon made complaints about the 'Abbe Huff,' as he called him.

    Barry Lyndon William Makepeace Thackeray
  • I could restore you your youth,' she said to Cornichon, 'or your beauty,' turning to Toupette. '

  • I quite forgot to fix the time when Cornichon should in his turn grow young.

  • This is an excellent system for Malaga, Emperor, and Cornichon when growing in very fertile soil.

  • But, however undecided the fairy might be, it was quite different with Cornichon and Toupette.

  • Cornichon lives in room number thirty-six on the third floor of a furnished lodging house in the street du Petit Lion.

    A Tramp's Wallet William Duthie
  • Cornichon and Toupette were intended by Selnozoura to become husband and wife, as soon as they were old enough.

  • Cornichon is taller and more manly than he was an hour ago, and Toupette no longer looks like a little girl.'

British Dictionary definitions for Cornichon


a type of small gherkin
Word Origin
French: gherkin
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Contemporary definitions for Cornichon

a tiny tart gherkin cucumber pickle, a traditional accompaniment to pâté

Word Origin

French for 'gherkin''s 21st Century Lexicon
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