Definition of cornice noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkɔːnɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːrnɪs//
(architecture) Interior décor
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a decorative border around the top of the walls in a room or on the outside walls of a building See related entries: Interior décor Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French corniche, from Italian cornice, perhaps from Latin cornix ‘crow’ (compare with corbel), but influenced by Greek korōnis ‘coping stone’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cornice