Definition of lambrequin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlambərkən/


1North American A short piece of decorative drapery hung over the top of a door or window or draped from a shelf or mantelpiece.
Example sentences
  • Certainly the vocabulary of ornament - the lambrequin canopies at the top, scale pattern surface decoration, and elaborate plumed heads - are features common to Kent's designs for Houghton.
  • The base of the octagonal lantern is adorned with female heads, an inner rope-twist molding, and an outer lambrequin fringe.
2A piece of cloth covering the back of a medieval knight’s helmet, represented in heraldry as the mantling.


Early 18th century (sense 2): from French, from the Dutch diminutive of lamper 'veil'.

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