The Closing Word: Cornice

The Closing Word: CorniceThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (CORE-niss)

1. the topmost projecting part of an entablature
2. a molding at the corner between the ceiling and the top of a wall
3. a decorative framework to conceal curtain fixtures at the top of a window casing

furnish with a cornice

From “The cornice that you see on some buildings serves as a decorative element and also functions as a way to keep rainwater from dripping down the walls. The cornice juts away from the building enough that the rainwater flows away from the building. Not just for buildings, the word cornice can also describe raised decorative molding right under the ceiling in a room or a similar decorative topping that crowns some windows to hide curtain rods.

“Though the family didn’t appreciate the curtain cornices in the 1980s ranch-style home, they quite enjoyed the marble cornice of the stately main street bank.”


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