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[val-uh ns, vey-luh ns] /ˈvæl əns, ˈveɪ ləns/
a short curtain or piece of drapery that is hung from the edge of a canopy, from the frame of a bed, etc.
a short ornamental piece of drapery placed across the top of a window.
Origin of valance
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; perhaps after Valence, French city noted for cloth-making
Related forms
valanced, adjective
Can be confused
valance, valence. Unabridged
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  • Hamlet having just told the player that his face is valanced, is playing upon the word beard.

    Hamlet William Shakespeare
British Dictionary definitions for valanced


a short piece of drapery hung along a shelf, canopy, or bed, or across a window, to hide structural detail
Derived Forms
valanced, adjective
Word Origin
C15: perhaps named after Valence, France, town noted for its textiles
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Word Origin and History for valanced



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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