[ val-uh ns, vey-luh ns ]
/ ˈvæl əns, ˈveɪ ləns /


a short curtain or piece of drapery that is hung from the edge of a canopy, from the frame of a bed, etc.
a short ornamental piece of drapery placed across the top of a window.

Origin of valance

1400–50; late Middle English; perhaps after Valence, French city noted for cloth-making

Related forms

val·anced, adjective

Can be confused

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British Dictionary definitions for valance


/ (ˈvæləns) /


a short piece of drapery hung along a shelf, canopy, or bed, or across a window, to hide structural detail

Derived Forms

valanced, adjective

Word Origin for valance

C15: perhaps named after Valence, France, town noted for its textiles
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