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val·ance

 (văl′əns, vā′ləns)
n.
1. An ornamental drapery hung across a top edge, as of a bed, table, or canopy.
2. A short drapery, decorative board, or metal strip mounted especially across the top of a window to conceal structural fixtures.
tr.v. val·anced, val·anc·ing, val·anc·es
To supply with valances or a valance.

[Middle English.]

valance

(ˈvæləns)
n
(Textiles) a short piece of drapery hung along a shelf, canopy, or bed, or across a window, to hide structural detail
[C15: perhaps named after Valence, France, town noted for its textiles]
ˈvalanced adj

val•ance

(ˈvæl əns, ˈveɪ ləns)

n.
1. a short ornamental piece of drapery, wood, metal, etc., placed across the top of a window.
2. a short curtain or piece of drapery hung from the edge of a canopy, the frame of a bed, etc.
[1400–50; late Middle English; perhaps after Valence, French city noted for cloth-making]
val′anced, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.valance - a decorative framework to conceal curtain fixtures at the top of a window casingvalance - a decorative framework to conceal curtain fixtures at the top of a window casing
framework - a structure supporting or containing something
Translations

valance

[ˈvæləns] N (on bed) → cenefa f; (on curtains) [of wood] → galería f; [of fabric] → cenefa f

valance

[ˈvæləns] n [bed] → tour m de lit

valance

n (round bed frame) → Volant m; (on window) → Querbehang m, → Schabracke f; (wooden) → Blende f; (US: = pelmet) → Zierleiste f

valance

[ˈvæləns] nvolant m inv, balza
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