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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valanced \ -​lən(t)st How to pronounce valanced (audio) \ adjective

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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 Jenna Sue made the valance over the shower area in under 30 minutes using a jigsaw and reclaimed wood left over from another project. Lauren Matthews, Country Living, "5 Design Takeaways From One of the Most Beautiful DIY Bathroom Renovations Ever," 15 May 2015 Drapery and valances are classic, usually with heavy curtains. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Traditional Design," 12 Oct. 2018 There were valances above, and the lights were different. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "What’s behind ’60s-era paneling at El Korah Shrine? A ballroom’s worth of ’20s art.," 12 July 2018 Chrome mirror caps dress the front doors, and four oval exhaust pipes peek out of the gloss black rear valance. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Kia’s all-new 2018 Stinger sport sedan offers premium features, performance | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 May 2018 Gailani took top honors for her design of draperies, valances and cornices for a kitchen and breakfast area. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville People in the News," 20 Apr. 2018 At the rear are four-inch black chrome quad exhaust tips and a black lower valance. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: In hot pursuit," 2 Feb. 2018 Silk draperies and an 18-inch-high valance create a decorative framework around the window. Norman Kolpas, ELLE Decor, "Candice Olson's Divine Design: Bedtime Story," 5 July 2012

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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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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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