Etymology
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cornice (n.)

1560s, "a molded projection which crowns the part to which it is affixed," from French corniche (16c.) or directly from Italian cornice "ornamental molding along a wall," perhaps from Latin coronis "curved line, flourish in writing," from Greek koronis "curved object" (see crown). Perhaps influenced by (or even from) Latin cornicem, accusative of cornix "crow" (compare corbel). Sense of "ornamental molding running round the walls of a room just below the ceiling" is from 1660s.

updated on December 08, 2020

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Definitions of cornice from WordNet
1
cornice (n.)
a decorative framework to conceal curtain fixtures at the top of a window casing;
Synonyms: valance / valance board / pelmet
cornice (n.)
a molding at the corner between the ceiling and the top of a wall;
cornice (n.)
the topmost projecting part of an entablature;
2
cornice (v.)
furnish with a cornice;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.