Definition of corniche in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːnɪʃ//kɔːˈniːʃ/


  • A road cut into the edge of a cliff, especially one running along a coast.

    • ‘Compact, sleek and low-slung, it has the air of a car cornering at speed around a Mediterranean corniche even when it's parked outside your local Tesco.’
    • ‘As we drove along the corniche towards the Sonesta St George hotel, my heart lurched in time with each jolt as cars and battered open vans serving as local buses jostled horse-drawn carriages, donkeys and suicidal pedestrians off the road.’
    • ‘As dusk descends, I drive along the high corniche that runs from the airport in the direction of the island's bustling capital.’
    • ‘I don't think I could even tell you where the famous casino was, although I did park our rental car downtown (having driven along the various corniches above the city).’
    • ‘Robyn describes Cairo as wonderful but crazy, although for her it was love at first sight when she saw the Mediterranean port of Alexandria, with its long-sweeping corniches, beautiful beaches and history.’


Mid 19th century: from French (see cornice).