Cornish

[kawr-nish]
noun
  1. the Celtic language of Cornwall, extinct since c1800.
  2. one of an English breed of chickens raised chiefly for crossing with other breeds to produce roasters.

Origin of Cornish

1350–1400; late Middle English, apparently syncopated variant of Middle English Cornwelisse. See Cornwall, -ish1
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Contemporary Examples of cornish

Historical Examples of cornish

  • Cornish lingered a few minutes, and made the man's mind easy on this point.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • "Yes; but that will be all right," retorted Cornish, with his gay laugh.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • "We leave this morning," continued Cornish, in the same vein.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • "Yes," said Cornish, moving his feet impatiently under the table.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Cornish glanced at his companion through the cigarette smoke, and said nothing.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman


British Dictionary definitions for cornish

Cornish

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Cornwall, its inhabitants, their former language, or their present-day dialect of English
noun
  1. a former language of Cornwall, belonging to the S Celtic branch of the Indo-European family and closely related to Breton: extinct by 1800
  2. the Cornish (functioning as plural) the natives or inhabitants of Cornwall
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Word Origin and History for cornish

Cornish

adj.

from first element of Cornwall + -ish.

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