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cornice (noun) (architecture) a decorative projection on the top of a wall or of a pillar.
A cornice is a decorative piece of structure running on top of a wall or of a pillar, under and appearing to support the roof. Its purpose is decorative and not functional.
- The cornice of the hall is a marvel of artwork with intricate designs and appears as though it lent support to the roof.
- The house is bare of any architectural beauty. None of the walls have even a plain cornice between them and the roof.