noun va·lance \ˈva-lən(t)s, ˈvā-\

: 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

:  a drapery hung along the edge of a bed, table, altar, canopy, or shelf
:  a short drapery or wood or metal frame used as a decorative heading to conceal the top of curtains and fixtures
va·lanced \-lən(t)st\ adjective

Illustration of VALANCE

Origin of VALANCE

Middle English valaunce, from Anglo-French valence, probably from valer to lower — more at vail
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Household Terms

cruet, curiosity, duvet, fiasco, sham, taper, whatnot

Rhymes with VALANCE


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