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  1. a black vinifera grape grown for table use.
  2. the vine itself.
  3. (lowercase) a cucumber pickle; gherkin.
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Origin of Cornichon

1965–70; < French: literally, little horn, equivalent to corne horn + -ichon diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for cornichon

Historical Examples of cornichon

  • It is used especially for the Cornichon and Malaga in rich soil.

    Manual of American Grape-Growing

    U. P. Hedrick

  • My friend Cornichon, who is a goldsmith, works as long as a painter or a smith.

    A Tramp's Wallet

    William Duthie

  • Cornichon made complaints about the 'Abbe Huff,' as he called him.

    Barry Lyndon

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • I could restore you your youth,' she said to Cornichon, 'or your beauty,' turning to Toupette. '

  • I quite forgot to fix the time when Cornichon should in his turn grow young.

British Dictionary definitions for cornichon


  1. a type of small gherkin
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Word Origin for cornichon

French: gherkin
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