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 valanced (audio) , ˈvā-​ \ adjective

Examples of valance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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); 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 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

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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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“Valance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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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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