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Valenciennes

[vuh-len-see-enz; French va-lahn-syen] /vəˌlɛn siˈɛnz; French va lɑ̃ˈsyɛn/
noun
1.
a city in N France, SE of Lille.
2.
Also called Valenciennes lace, Val, Val lace. Textiles.
  1. a flat bobbin lace of linen, worked in one piece with the same thread forming the ground and the motif.
  2. a cotton imitation of it.
Origin of Valenciennes
1710-1720
1710-20, for def 2
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  • The 19th Infantry Brigade was concentrating at Valenciennes.

    1914

    John French, Viscount of Ypres
  • The main road from Audenarde to Valenciennes and Cambrai passes here.

    1914

    John French, Viscount of Ypres
  • The region of Valenciennes, Tournai and Lille was the first to recover.

    Belgium

    Emile Cammaerts
  • 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."

  • In 1473 a chapter was held at Valenciennes of the Golden Fleece.

    France and the Republic William Henry Hurlbert
  • The glory passed away from Valenciennes with the religious wars.

    France and the Republic William Henry Hurlbert
  • The Valenciennes museum has an ex-voto on wood, the history of which is curious.

    France and the Republic William Henry Hurlbert
  • In the Valenciennes massacre, not a human being was injured.

British Dictionary definitions for Valenciennes

Valenciennes1

/ˌvælənsɪˈɛn/
noun
1.
a flat bobbin lace typically having scroll and floral designs and originally made of linen, now often cotton
Word Origin
named after Valenciennes², where it was originally made

Valenciennes2

/French valɑ̃sjɛn/
noun
1.
a town in N France, on the River Escaut: a coal-mining and heavy industrial centre. Pop: 41 278 (1999)
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