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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.
(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]
val•ance(ˈvæl əns, ˈveɪ ləns)
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]