Meaning of CORNICE in English
/ ˈkɔːnɪs; NAmE ˈkɔːrnɪs/ noun
( architecture ) a decorative border around the top of the walls in a room or on the outside walls of a building
—picture at alcove
mid 16th cent.: from French corniche , from Italian cornice , perhaps from Latin cornix crow (compare with corbel ), but influenced by Greek korōnis coping stone.
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005