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[kawr-nish] /ˈkɔr nɪʃ/
of, relating to, or characteristic of Cornwall, England, its inhabitants, or the Cornish language.
the Celtic language of Cornwall, extinct since c1800.
one of an English breed of chickens raised chiefly for crossing with other breeds to produce roasters.
Origin of Cornish
1350-1400; late Middle English, apparently syncopated variant of Middle English Cornwelisse. See Cornwall, -ish1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The great exception Curnow in Cornwall may stand for those who could only speak the old Cornish language.

    Why we should read S. P. B. Mais
  • That Cornish ore you see there, for example, contains only 4½ per cent.

  • The thought occurred to us that we might reach the Cornish coast by walking over the bridge to the other side.

    From John O'Groats to Land's End Robert Naylor and John Naylor
  • In a Cornish tale a woman is entrusted in her own house with the care of an elf-child.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • The magician pointed his wand at Mr. Cornish, in the front of the clustered audience; but the gentleman laughingly declined.

    The Turner Twins Ralph Henry Barbour
British Dictionary definitions for Cornish


of, relating to, or characteristic of Cornwall, its inhabitants, their former language, or their present-day dialect of English
a former language of Cornwall, belonging to the S Celtic branch of the Indo-European family and closely related to Breton: extinct by 1800
(functioning as pl) the Cornish, the natives or inhabitants of Cornwall
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Cornish

from first element of Cornwall + -ish.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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