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valance

[ val-uhns, vey-luhns ]
/ ˈvæl əns, ˈveɪ ləns /
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noun

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.

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Origin of valance

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

OTHER WORDS FROM valance

valanced, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH valance

valance , valence
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British Dictionary definitions for valance

valance
/ (ˈvæləns) /

noun

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

Derived forms of valance

valanced, adjective

Word Origin for valance

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