- a short curtain or piece of drapery that is hung from the edge of a canopy, from the frame of a bed, etc.
- a short ornamental piece of drapery placed across the top of a window.
Origin of valance
Examples from the Web for valance
Paddy howled, and I lifted a corner of the valance to see what was transpiring.The O'Ruddy
He sat kicking his heels against the valance of the bed, and thinking.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
Scott stooped, and raised the valance with the greatest precaution.The Manor House School
Also she walked around the valance, counting its birds of paradise.Georgina of the Rainbows
Annie Fellows Johnston
Valance, the drapery or fringe hanging round the cover of a bed, couch, or other similar article.A Treatise on Domestic Economy</p>
Catherine Esther Beecher
- a short piece of drapery hung along a shelf, canopy, or bed, or across a window, to hide structural detail
Word Origin and History for valance
piece of drapery, mid-15c., from Anglo-French *valance, from valer "go down," variant of Old French avaler; or possibly from the plural of Old French avalant, from present participle of avaler "go down." The notion is of something "hanging down."