[vuh-len-see-enz; French va-lahn-syen]
- a city in N France, SE of Lille.
- Also called Valenciennes lace, Val, Val lace. Textiles.
- a flat bobbin lace of linen, worked in one piece with the same thread forming the ground and the motif.
- a cotton imitation of it.
Origin of Valenciennes
1710–20, for def 2
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Meanwhile, standing out from the collection was one lingerie-style black dress made of Chantilly and Valenciennes lace.Valentino's 2013 Fall Couture Collection
July 4, 2013
The 19th Infantry Brigade was concentrating at Valenciennes.
The main road from Audenarde to Valenciennes and Cambrai passes here.
The region of Valenciennes, Tournai and Lille was the first to recover.Belgium
The edges were wrought with seed-pearls, and fringed with Valenciennes lace and bullion.Burlesques
William Makepeace Thackeray
There are two kinds of Valenciennes lace, known as "Vraie" and "Fausse."Chats on Old Lace and Needlework
Emily Leigh Lowes
- a flat bobbin lace typically having scroll and floral designs and originally made of linen, now often cotton
named after Valenciennes ², where it was originally made
- a town in N France, on the River Escaut: a coal-mining and heavy industrial centre. Pop: 41 278 (1999)
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