Valenciennes

Valenciennes

[vuh-len-see-enz; French va-lahn-syen]
noun
1.
a city in N France, SE of Lille.
2.
Also called Valenciennes lace, Val, Val lace. Textiles.
a.
a flat bobbin lace of linen, worked in one piece with the same thread forming the ground and the motif.
b.
a cotton imitation of it.

Origin:
1710–20, for def 2

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Valenciennes1 (ˌvælənsɪˈɛn)
 
n
a flat bobbin lace typically having scroll and floral designs and originally made of linen, now often cotton
 
[named after Valenciennes², where it was originally made]

Valenciennes2 (French valɑ̃sjɛn)
 
n
a town in N France, on the River Escaut: a coal-mining and heavy industrial centre. Pop: 41 278 (1999)

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valenciennes

town, Nord departement, Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, northern France, on the Escaut (Scheldt) River. The origin of the name is obscure. Some believe that it stems from one of the three Roman emperors called Valentinian. Others attribute it to a corruption of val des cygnes ("valley of the swans"), swans being featured on the civic coat of arms.

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