Definition of pelmet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpelmɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpelmɪt//
(also valance especially in North American English)
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a strip of wood or cloth above a window that hides the curtain rail Word Origin early 20th cent.: probably an alteration of French palmette, literally ‘small palm’, diminutive of palme.