lambrequins

lambrequin

[lam-bri-kin, lam-ber-]
noun
1.
a woven fabric covering for a helmet in medieval times to protect it from heat, rust, etc.
2.
a curtain or drapery covering the upper part of an opening, as a door or window, or suspended from a shelf.
3.
Heraldry. mantling.
4.
a band of decoration near the top of the body of a vase.

Origin:
1715–25; < French, Middle French < Middle Dutch *lamperken, equivalent to lamper fine translucent cloth + -ken -kin

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lambrequin (ˈlæmbrɪkɪn, ˈlæmbə-)
 
n
1.  an ornamental hanging covering the edge of a shelf or the upper part of a window or door
2.  a.  a border pattern giving a draped effect, used on ceramics, etc
 b.  (as modifier): a lambrequin pattern
3.  (often plural) a scarf worn over a helmet
4.  heraldry another name for mantling
 
[C18: from French, from Dutch lamperkin (unattested), diminutive of lamper veil]

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