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[kawr-ney; French kawr-ne-yuh]
  1. Pierre [pee-air; French pyer] /piˈɛər; French pyɛr/, 1606–84, French dramatist and poet.
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Examples from the Web for corneille

Historical Examples of corneille

  • But oh, that a nation which has known a Corneille should ever spawn forth a ——-!

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • It should not surprise us that Corneille preferred Lucan to Virgil.

  • Corneille gives his answer to such a challenge in the tragedy of Polyeucte .

  • Corneille and his father were both officers of this jurisdiction later on.

    The Story of Rouen

    Sir Theodore Andrea Cook

  • Napoleon said of Corneille, "Were he living I would make him a king;" but he did not read him.

    Pearls of Thought

    Maturin M. Ballou

British Dictionary definitions for corneille


  1. Pierre (pjɛr). 1606–84, French tragic dramatist often regarded as the founder of French classical drama. His plays include Médée (1635), Le Cid (1636), Horace (1640), and Polyeucte (1642)
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