[kawr-nish, kawr-neesh]


a winding road cut into the side of a steep hill or along the face of a coastal cliff.

Origin of corniche

1830–40; < French, by ellipsis from route de corniche, route en corniche (corniche rock ledge < Italian; see cornice) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for corniche

Historical Examples of corniche

  • It was one of the things tourists did when they were visiting the Corniche for a day.

    Riviera Towns

    Herbert Adams Gibbons

  • You can go by Switzerland or by the Corniche route, as you please.

  • We took the Corniche trip toward evening for the sake of the sunset.

    The Car That Went Abroad

    Albert Bigelow Paine

  • Perhaps you will read it at Monte, out on the Corniche Road.

    From Out the Vasty Deep

    Mrs. Belloc Lowndes

  • They play poker with the Corniche landscape, that people come from all over the world to see, right before their eyes.

    The Enemies of Women

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

British Dictionary definitions for corniche



a coastal road, esp one built into the face of a cliff

Word Origin for corniche

C19: from corniche road, originally the coastal road between Nice and Monte Carlo; see cornice
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