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Webster 1913 Edition


Valance

Val′ance

,
Noun.
[Perhaps fr. OF.
avalant
descending, hanging down, p. pr. of
avaler
to go down, let down, descend (cf.
Avalanche
); but probably from the town of
Valence
in France.]
1.
Hanging drapery for a bed, couch, window, or the like, especially that which hangs around a bedstead, from the bed to the floor.
[Written also
valence
.]
Valance
of Venice gold in needlework.
Shakespeare
2.
The drooping edging of the lid of a trunk, which covers the joint when the lid is closed.

Val′ance

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Valanced
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Valancing
.]
To furnish with a valance; to decorate with hangings or drapery.
His old fringed chair
valanced
around with party-colored worsted bobs.
Sterne.

Webster 1828 Edition


Valance

VAL'ANCE

,
Noun.
The fringes of drapery hanging round the tester and head of a bed.

VAL'ANCE

,
Verb.
T.
To decorate with hanging fringes.

Definition 2021


valance

valance

English

Alternative forms

  • valaunce (obsolete)

Noun

valance (plural valances)

  1. Short curtain that hangs along the top edge of a window.
  2. A decorative framework used to conceal the curtain mechanism and so on at the top of a window.
  3. (bedding) A short, decorative edging of cloth that hangs from the mattress to the floor.
  4. The drooping edging of the lid of a trunk, which covers the joint when the lid is closed.

Synonyms

  • (bedding): dust ruffle

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