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 (və-lĕn′sē-ĕnz′, vă-läN-syĕn′)
A city of northern France near the Belgian border southeast of Lille. An important medieval town, it became noted for its lace industry in the 1400s.


(Textiles) a flat bobbin lace typically having scroll and floral designs and originally made of linen, now often cotton
[named after Valenciennes2, where it was originally made]


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


(vəˌlɛn siˈɛnz, -ˈɛn)

1. a city in N France, SE of Lille. 43,202.
2. a flat bobbin lace of linen.
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Noun1.Valenciennes - a town in northeastern France long noted for its lace industry
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
2.Valenciennes - a type of bobbin lace with floral patterns
bobbin lace, pillow lace - a handmade lace worked on a pillow with threads wound on bobbins; the pattern is marked out on the pillow by pins