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