What does cornice mean?

Definitions for corniceˈkɔr nɪs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cornice, valance, valance board, pelmet(noun)

    a decorative framework to conceal curtain fixtures at the top of a window casing

  2. cornice(noun)

    a molding at the corner between the ceiling and the top of a wall

  3. cornice(verb)

    the topmost projecting part of an entablature

  4. cornice(verb)

    furnish with a cornice


  1. cornice(Noun)

    The topmost architectural element of a building, projecting forward from the main walls, originally used as a means of directing rainwater away from the building's walls.

  2. cornice(Noun)

    A decorative element applied at the topmost part of the wall of a room, as with a crown moulding.

  3. cornice(Noun)

    A decorative element at the topmost portion of certain pieces of furniture, as with a highboy.

  4. Origin: Perhaps from cornix, 'crow', influenced by κορωνίς.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cornice(noun)

    any horizontal, molded or otherwise decorated projection which crowns or finishes the part to which it is affixed; as, the cornice of an order, pedestal, door, window, or house

  2. Origin: [F. corniche, It. cornice, LL. coronix, cornix, fr. L. coronis a curved line, a flourish with the pen at the end of a book or chapter, Gr. ; akin to L. corona crown. sEE Crown, and cf. Coronis.]


  1. Cornice

    A cornice is generally any horizontal decorative molding that crowns a building or furniture element— the cornice over a door or window, for instance, or the cornice around the top edge of a pedestal or along the top of an interior wall. A simple cornice may be formed just with a crown molding. The function of the projecting cornice of a building is to throw rainwater free of the building’s walls. In residential building practice, this function is handled by projecting gable ends, roof eaves, and gutters. However, house eaves may also be called "cornices" if they are finished with decorative molding. In this sense, while most cornices are also eaves, not all eaves are usually considered cornices— eaves are primarily functional and not necessarily decorative, and a cornice has a decorative aspect to it.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cornice

    kor′nis, n. (classical archit.) the uppermost member of the entablature, surmounting the frieze: plaster mouldings round the ceiling of rooms at its junction with the walls.—v.t. to furnish with a cornice.—p.adj. Cor′niced.—ns. Cor′nice-hook, -pole, -rail, a hook, pole, rail, for hanging pictures, curtains, &c.—n. Cor′nice-ring, a ring or moulding on a cannon next below the muzzle-ring. [Fr.,—It., perh. Gr. korōnis, a curved line; cf. L. corona.]


  1. Cornice

    Cornice, Inc. provides storage elements for consumer electronics devices. Its storage element is built into various consumer products, including mobile phones, MP3 players, personal video recorders, GPS devices, and portable storage products. The company offers Crash Guard, which consists of active latch, skip control, and drop safe. It serves consumer electronics manufacturers. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Longmont, Colorado with integration centers in Hong Kong, Japan, and Taiwan.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cornice in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cornice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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