- 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.
- cornhusker state,
- corniculate cartilage
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
- 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).