Definitions for valanceˈvæl əns, ˈveɪ ləns
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
val•anceˈvæl əns, ˈveɪ ləns(n.)
a short ornamental piece of drapery, wood, metal, etc., placed across the top of a window.
a short curtain or piece of drapery hung from the edge of a canopy, the frame of a bed, etc.
Origin of valance:
1400–50; late ME; perh. after Valence , French city noted for cloth-making
cornice, valance, valance board, pelmet(noun)
a decorative framework to conceal curtain fixtures at the top of a window casing
Short curtain that hangs along the top edge of a window.
A decorative framework used to conceal the curtain mechanism and so on at the top of a window.
A short, decorative edging of cloth that hangs from the mattress to the floor.
hanging drapery for a bed, couch, window, or the like, especially that which hangs around a bedstead, from the bed to the floor
the drooping edging of the lid of a trunk. which covers the joint when the lid is closed
to furnish with a valance; to decorate with hangings or drapery