Origin of valance
Examples from the Web for valance
Little red flames were creeping up the valance of the crib in which poor sick Stella lay!Nine Little Goslings|Susan Coolidge
Make the canopy just as you have made the mattress, but cut deeper points on the edge of the valance.Little Folks' Handy Book|Lina Beard
Valance, the drapery or fringe hanging round the cover of a bed, couch, or other similar article.A Treatise on Domestic Economy|Catherine Esther Beecher
In the 17th century a valance was “A border of drapery hanging around the canopy of a bed.”The Cultural History of Marlborough, Virginia|C. Malcolm Watkins
Valance, s. (possibly) sign of Zodiac opposite the mansion of a planet, 4.
British Dictionary definitions for valance
Word Origin for valance
Word Origin and History for valance
piece of drapery, mid-15c., from Anglo-French *valance, from valer "go down," variant of Old French avaler; or possibly from the plural of Old French avalant, from present participle of avaler "go down." The notion is of something "hanging down."