valenciennes lace

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a flat bobbin lace typically having scroll and floral designs and originally made of linen, now often cotton
 
[named after Valenciennes², where it was originally made]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