Nearby words

  1. cornell, ezra,
  2. cornell, katharine,
  3. cornellá de llobregat,
  4. corneosclera,
  5. corneous,
  6. corner brook,
  7. corner cabinet,
  8. corner chair,
  9. corner kick,
  10. corner table


Origin of corner

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, equivalent to Old French corne corner, horn (< Latin cornū horn; cf. cornu) + -er -er2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for turn the corner



the Corner informal an area in central Australia, at the junction of the borders of Queensland and South Australia


/ (ˈkɔːnə) /



Word Origin for corner

C13: from Old French corniere, from Latin cornū point, extremity, horn

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Word Origin and History for turn the corner
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Idioms and Phrases with turn the corner

turn the corner

Pass a milestone or critical point, begin to recover. For example, Experts say the economy has turned the corner and is in the midst of an upturn, or The doctor believes he's turned the corner and is on the mend. This expression alludes to passing around the corner in a race, particularly the last corner. [First half of 1800s]


In addition to the idiom beginning with corner

  • corner the market

also see:

  • around the corner
  • cut corners
  • four corners of the earth
  • in a tight corner
  • out of the corner of one's eye
  • paint oneself into a corner
  • turn the corner
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