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 Almost all awnings have a scalloped or straight valance in the front, a decorative detail that provides additional shade. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 15 May 2022 The Carbon Fiber Package #2 provides rocker extensions and a rear valance diffuser. Michael Harley, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Up front, the lower valance now tucks up on either side toward the center for a more muscular look. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 10 Feb. 2022 Up front, the lower valance now tucks up on either side toward the center for a more muscular look. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 10 Feb. 2022 Up front, the lower valance now tucks up on either side toward the center for a more muscular look. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 10 Feb. 2022 Up front, the lower valance now tucks up on either side toward the center for a more muscular look. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 7 Dec. 2021 One collector who prefers to remain nameless has a doorway valance from the Fox, filled with ornate embroidery, hanging above his bed. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Nov. 2021 Some homeowners choose to install a decorative valance above their vertical blinds to cover the track where the blinds attach. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

18 May 2022

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“Valance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/valance. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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