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valance

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noun va·lance \ˈva-lən(t)s, ˈvā-\

Simple Definition of valance

  • : a short piece of cloth or a wooden or metal frame that is placed across the top of a window for decoration

  • : a piece of material that hangs loosely from the frame of a bed or along a table or shelf for decoration

Full Definition of valance

  1. 1 :  a drapery hung along the edge of a bed, table, altar, canopy, or shelf

  2. 2 :  a short drapery or wood or metal frame used as a decorative heading to conceal the top of curtains and fixtures

va·lanced play \-lən(t)st\ adjective

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Origin of valance

Middle English valaunce, from Anglo-French valence, probably from valer to lower — more at vail


First Known Use: 15th century

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