Definition of Cornish in English:

Cornish

adjective

  • Relating to Cornwall or its people or language.

    • ‘Richard, who comes from a Cornish farming family, qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and has experience in property and lettings, farm restructuring and commercial contracts.’
    • ‘Investors in a controversial Cornish development have been offered their deposits back after the government announced that the project will be subject to a public inquiry that could take a year to complete.’
    • ‘Soon more Cornish miners from Cornwall were engaged and before long the town had a truly multicultural society.’
    • ‘The action takes place against a bank of shingle, representing a Cornish beach, and the design is almost monochrome - perhaps seeking to evoke the success of the movie.’
    • ‘As a Cornish farmers' son who elected a life filled with complex mathematics and residents' petitions over open fields and tractor driving, Reigate and Banstead's youngest councillor does not appear to be afraid of bucking the trend.’
    • ‘But the Agriculture Department has since confirmed infections in a beech, a horse chestnut and a holm oak (also a non-native) in a Cornish garden.’
    • ‘I had dressed Cornish crab which was absolutely delicious and not too rich as crab can sometimes be.’
    • ‘Following a clear trickling stream through woodland, you'll pass the isolated Jericho Cottage, once owned by renowned Cornish artist John Opie.’
    • ‘In the first programme he tackled (no pun intended) Clovelly Herring, organic Guernsey beef, an organic veg grower and a Cornish producer of sparkling wine.’
    • ‘My base for my Cornish adventure was the homely Tregurrian Hotel just 100 yards from the glorious sandy reaches of Watergate Bay, a tiny hamlet four miles from Newquay.’
    • ‘Early in the 1960s, Barry Humphries lost his footing on a Cornish cliff, tumbled backwards, and had to be hauled up from a precarious ledge above the sea.’
    • ‘This will be a valuable resource for anybody interested in Cornish language and culture.’
    • ‘Finally, at this stage, (a further Desert biome is planned) there is the ‘Roofless’ biome, the outside grounds where another of the great Cornish gardens is taking shape.’
    • ‘The largest single section is a 10,000-acre tract of Dartmoor while the smallest includes Sheep's Rock, an islet near Portreath on the north Cornish coast.’
    • ‘The first most people knew of the disaster that was about to overtake the tiny Cornish village of Boscastle in southwest England was a loud bang followed by a terrifying roar as loud as an express train.’
    • ‘These same generations witnessed the break-up of a classical Gaelic which had been common to western Scotland and Ireland, and the decay towards extinction of the Cornish language.’
    • ‘A Spitfire propeller has been restored and mounted on a cairn of Cornish granite and will be displayed inside the entrance of RAF Portreath in Cornwall next month.’
    • ‘When I was a 13-year-old in a Cornish village (my father was a lowly worker in the clay industry) my sister and I used to ride horses for a friend who owned several.’
    • ‘Ursula and Janet live a quiet life in a small, beautiful Cornish village in the late 1930s.’
    • ‘I also had a lovely walk along some magnificent and extremely rugged Cornish coastline between Porthcurno and Land's End.’

noun

  • 1The people of Cornwall collectively.

    • ‘As there was never any real religious persecution or high unemployment in Holland, there never was the kind of mass immigration by the Dutch similar to that of the Irish, Germans, Cornish or Italians.’
    • ‘With the prohibition on Chinese immigration in 1882 (owing to the success of a campaign often led by Irish miners), the main rival of the Butte Irish once again became the Cornish.’
    • ‘It isn't going to give you a new appreciation for the plight of the Cornish.’
    • ‘Tin mining has played an essential part in shaping both the landscape of Cornwall and the character of the Cornish.’
    • ‘The once great Celtic civilization is today represented only by the modern Irish, Manx and Scots, and the Welsh, Cornish and Bretons.’
    • ‘At a loss for what to do, they called upon the world's best hard-rock miners: the Cornish.’
  • 2[mass noun] The ancient Celtic language of Cornwall, belonging to the Brythonic branch of the Celtic language group. It gradually died out in the 17th and 18th centuries, although attempts have been made to revive it.

    • ‘Welsh, or Cymraeg, is a Celtic language belonging to the Brythonic group consisting of Breton, Welsh, and the extinct Cornish.’
    • ‘The crucial issue is not understanding Irish or Scottish Gaelic, or Welsh or Cornish, but rather finding assurance that these languages provide narrative contexts for the myths underlying Celtic music.’
    • ‘Most Bretons speak both French and Breton, a Celtic language related to Welsh and Cornish.’
    • ‘The reputed last native speaker of Cornish, Dolly Pentreath, died in 1777 with no one left to speak the language to.’
    • ‘The indigenous Gaelic or ‘Celtic’ language of the Roman province Britannia also continued to be spoken; it survives today as Welsh and Cornish.’
    • ‘Sightings of Morgawr, Cornish for ‘Sea Giant’, have been reported since the early 1970s, and some say for more than 100 years.’
    • ‘The other living native languages of the British Isles - Manx, Cornish, and Norman French - are used officially only in restricted ceremonial circumstances.’
    • ‘It has also been revived in Cornwall as the name for an equivalent assembly there as part of the rediscovery of Cornish, which died out in the eighteenth century.’
    • ‘The Celtic language of Cornish, once spoken in southwestern England, expired abruptly in 1777 when its last living speaker died.’
    • ‘The last natural speaker of Cornish died in 1777 and the last speaker of Manx in 1974.’
    • ‘Anglo-Saxon, the language of government in England, co-existed with Welsh, Cornish, Norse, Cumbric, and Gaelic - none Romance languages.’
    • ‘Two northern varieties of British, Pictish and Cumbrian, died out in the early Middle Ages, while Cornish survived until the 18th cent.’
    • ‘Emmet is Cornish for ‘ant’, Grockle is Devon's version.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from the first element of Cornwall + -ish.

Pronunciation:

Cornish

/ˈkɔːnɪʃ/