valance

noun
va·​lance | \ ˈva-lən(t)s How to pronounce valance (audio) , ˈvā- How to pronounce valance (audio) \

Definition of valance

1 : a drapery hung along the edge of a bed, table, altar, canopy, or shelf
2 : a short drapery or wood or metal frame used as a decorative heading to conceal the top of curtains and fixtures

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Other Words from valance

valanced \ ˈva-​lən(t)st How to pronounce valance (audio) , ˈvā-​ \ adjective

Examples of valance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fortunately, the curtain can be replaced with minimal cost, or replacement screen material can be used separately with a valance or rod for the ultimate low-profile look. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Ways to Prevent Fireplace Accidents," 13 Sep. 2019 The top of the headlights, grille surrounds, rear valance, and window surrounds are all trimmed in gloss black. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "2020 Chrysler Pacifica Now Available with AWD," 5 June 2020 More on the 2021 Atlas The styling package costs $2500 and includes a bumper guard, larger fender flares, and silver trim for the rocker panels and rear valance. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "VW Beefs Up Atlas SUV's Looks with Basecamp Appearance Package," 1 Apr. 2020 Because the clients don’t need privacy, Dina tossed the floral valance and opted to leave the windows bare. Jennifer Blaise Kramer, House Beautiful, "Now This Is How You Update a '90s, Cookie-Cutter House," 14 May 2019 The truck is believed to have a red front bumper, a lower valance air deflector, black rims and a black bed cover. Jaclyn Cosgrovestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "$25,000 reward for information on driver in Boyle Heights hit-and-run," 26 Aug. 2019 Elsewhere, the Supra TRD claims a gain in downforce thanks to front and rear valances with taller side flaps at each corner, plus revised side skirts with new flaps aft of the front. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Toyota Releases TRD Performance Styling Parts for the 2020 Supra," 20 May 2019 Settee; black wing back chair; metal frame chair, Dante; metal frame chair fabric, Black Leather; settee fabric, Burlap; wooden chair fabric, Vintage Leather; valance fabric, Black Painted Denim; bed linens—Tobi Tobin Collection (R); tobitobin.com. House Beautiful, "May 2013 Issue Product Guide," 15 Mar. 2013 Model ships and colored onion lamps, as well as the valance scalloped like waves that frames the waterfront view, affirm the maritime theme. Amy Merrick, WSJ, "The Cultish Home That Draws Fans of Americana Design," 3 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of valance

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for valance

Middle English valaunce, borrowed from Anglo-French valence, probably from valer "to lower" + -ence, -ance -ance — more at vail

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The first known use of valance was in the 15th century

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“Valance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/valance. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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valance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of valance

chiefly US : 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

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