[ kawr-nish, kawr-neesh ]
/ ˈkɔr nɪʃ, kɔrˈniʃ /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for corniche

/ (ˈkɔːnɪʃ) /


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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