Complete Definition of "cornice"

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English
Etymology
Perhaps from Latin cornix, 'crow', influenced by Greek koronis, 'crown'.
Noun
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Image:Louis Sullivan - cornice detail - Wainwright Building, Seventh + Chestnut Streets, Saint Louis, St. Louis City County, MO.jpg |thumb|right|150px|Cornice, Wainwright Bldg, St. Louis (Louis Sullivan)
#architecture 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.

  1. A decorative element applied at the topmost part of the wall of a room, as with a crown moulding.
  2. A decorative element at the topmost portion of certain pieces of furniture, as with a highboy.

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  1. frame
  2. cornice#English|cornice
  3. ledge
  4. background, setting

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