- 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.
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
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).