[ vuh-len-see-enz; French va-lahn-syen ]
/ vəˌlɛn siˈɛnz; French va lɑ̃ˈsyɛn /


a city in N France, SE of Lille.
Also called Valenciennes lace, Val, Val lace. Textiles.
  1. a flat bobbin lace of linen, worked in one piece with the same thread forming the ground and the motif.
  2. a cotton imitation of it.

Origin of Valenciennes

1710–20, for def 2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for valenciennes (1 of 2)

/ (ˌvælənsɪˈɛn) /


a flat bobbin lace typically having scroll and floral designs and originally made of linen, now often cotton

Word Origin for Valenciennes

named after Valenciennes ², where it was originally made

British Dictionary definitions for valenciennes (2 of 2)

/ (French valɑ̃sjɛn) /


a town in N France, on the River Escaut: a coal-mining and heavy industrial centre. Pop: 41 278 (1999)
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