- 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.
- any of various other ornamental horizontal moldings or bands, as for concealing hooks or rods from which curtains are hung or for supporting picture hooks.
- a mass of snow, ice, etc., projecting over a mountain ridge.
- to furnish or finish with a cornice.
Origin of cornice
Examples from the Web for cornice
Historical Examples of cornice
Of the cornice only the bed mould, carved with a leaf and tongue, remains.
The windows are lintelled and the cornice is of the typical Turkish form.
Occasionally there were a cornice and pediment over the entrance.
The supporting part in a Greek Doric cornice is extremely small.
The entablature is a positive triumph in cornice, frieze and architrave.The Colonial Architecture of Philadelphia
- the top projecting mouldings of an entablature
- a continuous horizontal projecting course or moulding at the top of a wall, building, etc
- an overhanging ledge of snow formed by the wind on the edge of a mountain ridge, cliff, or corrie
- (tr) architect to furnish or decorate with or as if with a cornice
Word Origin for cornice
1560s, from Middle French corniche (16c.) or directly from Italian cornice "ornamental molding along a wall," perhaps from Latin coronis "curved line, flourish in writing," from Greek koronis "curved object" (see crown). Perhaps influenced by (or even from) Latin cornicem, accusative of cornix "crow" (cf. corbel).