pelmet

[ pel-mit ]
/ ˈpɛl mɪt /

noun

a decorative cornice or valance at the head of a window or doorway, used to cover the fastenings from which curtains are hung.

Nearby words

  1. pellucid,
  2. pellum,
  3. pelly,
  4. pelmanism,
  5. pelmeny,
  6. peloid,
  7. pelopidas,
  8. peloponnese,
  9. peloponnesian,
  10. peloponnesian war

Origin of pelmet

1900–05; perhaps alteration of palmette (or < French palmette), employed as an ornament on wood or plaster window cornices

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British Dictionary definitions for pelmet

pelmet

/ (ˈpɛlmɪt) /

noun

an ornamental drapery or board fixed above a window to conceal the curtain rail

Word Origin for pelmet

C19: probably from French palmette palm-leaf decoration on cornice moulding; see palmette

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