- any prominent, continuous, horizontally projecting feature surmounting a wall or other construction, or dividing it horizontally for compositional purposes.
- the uppermost member of a classical entablature, consisting of a bed molding, a corona, and a cymatium, with rows of dentils, modillions, etc., often placed between the bed molding and the corona.
verb (used with object), cor·niced, cor·nic·ing.
Words nearby cornice
Origin of cornice
Examples from the Web for cornice
In São Vicente the cornice was carried on corbels crossing the frieze, and so was continuous258 and unbroken.Portuguese Architecture|Walter Crum Watson
They still were ten feet below the crest and a cornice of snow hung out in a slight roof ahead of them.The Thirst Quenchers|Rick Raphael
The lingering, long-drawn-out table d'hte dinner was just over in one of the inns on the cornice road.A Rough Shaking|George MacDonald
At Uxmal the walls were smooth below the cornice; here they are covered with decorations from top to bottom.Ancient America, in Notes on American Archaeology|John D. Baldwin
There is in this sacred enclosure a house of Leto made of one single stone upon the top, the cornice measuring four cubits.An Account of Egypt|Herodotus
British Dictionary definitions for cornice
- the top projecting mouldings of an entablature
- a continuous horizontal projecting course or moulding at the top of a wall, building, etc