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valance

[val-uh ns, vey-luh ns]
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noun
  1. a short curtain or piece of drapery that is hung from the edge of a canopy, from the frame of a bed, etc.
  2. a short ornamental piece of drapery placed across the top of a window.
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Origin of valance

1400–50; late Middle English; perhaps after Valence, French city noted for cloth-making
Related formsval·anced, adjective
Can be confusedvalance valence
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Historical Examples

  • Hamlet having just told the player that his face is valanced, is playing upon the word beard.

    Hamlet

    William Shakespeare


British Dictionary definitions for valanced

valance

noun
  1. a short piece of drapery hung along a shelf, canopy, or bed, or across a window, to hide structural detail
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Derived Formsvalanced, adjective

Word Origin

C15: perhaps named after Valence, France, town noted for its textiles
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Word Origin and History for valanced

valance

n.

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."

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