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



    BrE BrE//ˈvæləns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvæləns//
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  1. 1a narrow piece of cloth like a short curtain that hangs around the frame of a bed, under a shelf, etc.
  2. 2(especially North American English) = pelmet
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: perhaps Anglo-Norman French, from a shortened form of Old French avaler ‘descend’, from a val ‘down’ (literally ‘in the valley’).
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