[kawrn-wawl or, esp. British, -wuh l]


a county in SW England. 1369 sq. mi. (3545 sq. km).
a city in SE Ontario, in S Canada, SW of Ottawa, on the St. Lawrence. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • I grew up in his home in Cornwall; it was my home, just as he was my father in everything but fact.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • His father was a hard-working labourer of the parish of St. Austell, in Cornwall.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Had we stood on an hour longer, gentlemen, we should have been lost on the coast of Cornwall!

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • And if there be a man or a woman in Cornwall that will touch it, they be as uncommon bad as I be!

    A Singer from the Sea

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • Cornwall, after telephoning his mother that he would not be home, went with him.

British Dictionary definitions for cornwall



a former administrative county of SW England; became a unitary authority in 2009: hilly, with a deeply indented coastline. Administrative centre: Truro. Pop: 513 500 (2003 est). Area: 3564 sq km (1376 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for cornwall


Old English Cornwalas (891), Cornubia (c.705), "the Corn Welsh," from original Celtic tribal name, *Cornowii, Latinized as Cornovii, literally "peninsula people, the people of the horn" (from Celtic kernou "horn," hence "headland"), in reference to the long "horn" of land on which they live, to which the Anglo-Saxons added the plural of Old English walh "stranger, foreigner," especially if Celtic (see Welsh).

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