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[lam-bri-kin, lam-ber-]
  1. a woven fabric covering for a helmet in medieval times to protect it from heat, rust, etc.
  2. a curtain or drapery covering the upper part of an opening, as a door or window, or suspended from a shelf.
  3. Heraldry. mantling.
  4. a band of decoration near the top of the body of a vase.
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Origin of lambrequin

1715–25; < French, Middle French < Middle Dutch *lamperken, equivalent to lamper fine translucent cloth + -ken -kin
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Historical Examples of lambrequin

  • In one of the upper rooms could be seen a mantel with a lambrequin on it and a clock stopped at twenty minutes after five.

    The Complete Story of the Galveston Horror


  • He said that they were driven just far enough through to hang on the other side like a lambrequin.


    Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye

  • At his feet is a ball; and under his head, which is uncovered, a helmet with crest and lambrequin.

  • A big man with a lambrequin mustache was filling the rear seat measurably well.

  • She sat in her dressing-gown embroidering peonies on a lambrequin and aired her grievances.

British Dictionary definitions for lambrequin


  1. an ornamental hanging covering the edge of a shelf or the upper part of a window or door
    1. a border pattern giving a draped effect, used on ceramics, etc
    2. (as modifier)a lambrequin pattern
  2. (often plural) a scarf worn over a helmet
  3. heraldry another name for mantling
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Word Origin for lambrequin

C18: from French, from Dutch lamperkin (unattested), diminutive of lamper veil
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