Part of speech: noun

A molding round the top of a building or wall of a room.

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Usage examples "cornice":

  1. I looked up to see a robin's nest on the cornice overhead, and I had to push away the lilacs and a withered hop vine which were both trying to cover up the door. - "Deephaven and Selected Stories & Sketches", Sarah Orne Jewett.
  2. It forms as it were a cornice, perched three thousand feet above the valley, over which it commands a view of mountain and bay and inlet, but never a house, never a church, and the farthest point is beyond Calvi, thirty miles away. - "The Isle of Unrest", Henry Seton Merriman.
  3. The front windows were entirely muffled by draperies of rich orange damask, lined with white, and with a silvery sheen running through the pattern, while curtains of the same warm material, fell on each side the bay window, giving it the appearance of a tent, open, and yet, to a certain degree, secluded, for a fall of lace swept from the cornice, hanging like a veil of woven frost- work before the glass, rendering every thing beyond indistinct, but dreamily beautiful. - "Mabel's Mistake", Ann S. Stephens.