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


  1. an ornamental drapery or board fixed above a window to conceal the curtain rail
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Word Origin

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