[vuh-len-see-enz; French va-lahn-syen]
  1. a city in N France, SE of Lille.
  2. 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. 2019

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Historical Examples of valenciennes

  • The 19th Infantry Brigade was concentrating at Valenciennes.


    John French, Viscount of Ypres

  • The main road from Audenarde to Valenciennes and Cambrai passes here.


    John French, Viscount of Ypres

  • The region of Valenciennes, Tournai and Lille was the first to recover.


    Emile Cammaerts

  • The edges were wrought with seed-pearls, and fringed with Valenciennes lace and bullion.


    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • There are two kinds of Valenciennes lace, known as "Vraie" and "Fausse."

British Dictionary definitions for valenciennes


  1. a flat bobbin lace typically having scroll and floral designs and originally made of linen, now often cotton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named after Valenciennes ², where it was originally made


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