valance


valance

noun

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

noun

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

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.”

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