Definition of valance in English:

valance

Line breaks: val|ance
Pronunciation: /ˈval(ə)ns
 
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(also valence)

noun

1A length of decorative drapery attached to the canopy or frame of a bed in order to screen the structure or the space beneath it.
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  • The Gripsholm bed is squarer and lower than the Knole bed (it may have been cut down), with a more conventional canopy and valances.
  • Included in the show are table covers, needlework patterns, needle worked fire screens, valances for mantels and beds, needlework upholstery, and sewing tools.
  • One of the rooms incorporates a four-poster with an embroidered valance, while another houses a lovely old polished roll-end bed like a sledge of dreams.
1.1A sheet with a deep pleated or gathered border that is designed to hang down over the mattress and sides of a bed.
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  • I watched as Brian lifted up the valance that hung down over the side of the bed, to reveal a snoozing father, empty beer can in hand - and for some reason missing his shoes.
  • Specialising in soft furnishing, the Milano design team has come up with coordinated sets for the bedroom, including duvet covers, embellished bed linen, pillowcases, sheets, throws, quilts and bed valances.
  • And both rooms were finished with new roman shades and linen valances.
1.2chiefly North American A length of decorative drapery hung above a window to screen the curtain fittings.
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  • The padded valances and floor-length curtains concealed the architectural beauty of the windows.
  • Draperies combined with window shades, valances and ornamentation such as trims can produce an exceptionally well-dressed window.
  • Curtains or valances, appliance covers, and table runners all can be easily stitched at home.
1.3A protective panel screening the wheels of a vehicle.
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  • As part of your Dodge body kit ensemble, the rear valance is an add-on piece that fully covers your existing bumper.
  • Track position is magnified at this place because we've got the valances on the ground, we've got the spoilers way up in the air.
  • From September onwards, BMW's 3 - Series gets a new kidney grille, new headlights, new lower front and rear valances, two new engines and a range of chassis and specification enhancements.

Origin

late Middle English: perhaps Anglo-Norman French, from a shortened form of Old French avaler 'descend' (see vail).

Derivatives

valanced

adjective
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  • My bed doesn't have this old-fashioned valanced polyester cover.
  • The ashpit crew must now face a choice: by thumbing the button on the electric hoist, they can transport the dump of steamy sodden cinders up and over and into a cinder car, its underframe valanced with murky icicles.

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