Meaning of Cornish in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɔːnɪʃ/

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  • Relating to Cornwall or its people or language.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Soon more Cornish miners from Cornwall were engaged and before long the town had a truly multicultural society.’
    • ‘This will be a valuable resource for anybody interested in Cornish language and culture.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Following a clear trickling stream through woodland, you'll pass the isolated Jericho Cottage, once owned by renowned Cornish artist John Opie.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I also had a lovely walk along some magnificent and extremely rugged Cornish coastline between Porthcurno and Land's End.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ursula and Janet live a quiet life in a small, beautiful Cornish village in the late 1930s.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I had dressed Cornish crab which was absolutely delicious and not too rich as crab can sometimes be.’
    • ‘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.’


  • 1as plural noun the CornishThe people of Cornwall collectively.

    ‘Tin mining has played an essential part in shaping both the landscape of Cornwall and the character of the Cornish.’
    • ‘At a loss for what to do, they called upon the world's best hard-rock miners: the Cornish.’
    • ‘It isn't going to give you a new appreciation for the plight of the Cornish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The once great Celtic civilization is today represented only by the modern Irish, Manx and Scots, and the Welsh, Cornish and Bretons.’
  • 2mass 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.

    ‘The Celtic language of Cornish, once spoken in southwestern England, expired abruptly in 1777 when its last living speaker died.’
    • ‘The other living native languages of the British Isles - Manx, Cornish, and Norman French - are used officially only in restricted ceremonial circumstances.’
    • ‘Most Bretons speak both French and Breton, a Celtic language related to Welsh and 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.’
    • ‘Anglo-Saxon, the language of government in England, co-existed with Welsh, Cornish, Norse, Cumbric, and Gaelic - none Romance languages.’
    • ‘The last natural speaker of Cornish died in 1777 and the last speaker of Manx in 1974.’
    • ‘The reputed last native speaker of Cornish, Dolly Pentreath, died in 1777 with no one left to speak the language to.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Welsh, or Cymraeg, is a Celtic language belonging to the Brythonic group consisting of Breton, Welsh, and the extinct Cornish.’


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