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[kawr-nish, kawr-neesh] /ˈkɔr nɪʃ, kɔrˈniʃ/
a winding road cut into the side of a steep hill or along the face of a coastal cliff.
Origin of corniche
1830-40; < French, by ellipsis from route de corniche, route en corniche (corniche rock ledge < Italian; see cornice) Unabridged
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  • And that was the burden of all his thoughts as he raced madly along the corniche Road in his high-powered car.

    The White Blackbird Hudson Douglas
  • It was one of the things tourists did when they were visiting the corniche for a day.

    Riviera Towns Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • For an hour over a road beside which the corniche is commonplace indeed, the gharry rolled on.

    A Transient Guest Edgar Saltus
  • We took the corniche trip toward evening for the sake of the sunset.

    The Car That Went Abroad Albert Bigelow Paine
  • One makes his way from Honfleur to Trouville by a corniche road, which is a marvel among all similar roads in the north of Europe.

    Rambles in Normandy Francis Miltoun
  • Perhaps you will read it at Monte, out on the corniche Road.

    From Out the Vasty Deep Mrs. Belloc Lowndes
  • A solitary amazon swallowing the dust and the salt spray of the corniche promenade would attract too much attention.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • On leaving Castellamare the road forms a corniche winding along the bank.

  • The police know that you intended to go to Nice and they are watching for you on the corniche road.

    Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo William Le Queux
  • We were led beyond Cannes to the corniche de l'Estrel by the absence of a tram line.

    Riviera Towns Herbert Adams Gibbons
British Dictionary definitions for corniche


a coastal road, esp one built into the face of a cliff
Word Origin
C19: from corniche road, originally the coastal road between Nice and Monte Carlo; see cornice
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