American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A short ornamental drapery for the top of a window or door or the edge of a shelf.
- n. A heavy protective cloth worn over a helmet in medieval times.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A piece of textile fabric, leather, or the like, hanging by one of its edges, and typically having the opposite edge dagged, slitted, scalloped, or otherwise cut in an ornamental manner: used in several ways. In medieval armor, a piece of stuff worn over the helmet of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, especially at tourneys and justs. This usage is figured in modern heraldry. See below.
- n. In decorative art, painting on a surface more or less imitating or resembling a lambrequin, as in some Chinese vases, in which the upper part of the body is covered by solid decoration having a lower edge of jagged or ornamented outline.
- n. In heraldry, the mantelet, represented as floating from the helmet, and often forming an important part of the ornamental decoration of the achievement.
- n. A short decorative drapery for a shelf edge or for the top of a window casing; a valance.
- n. An ornamental hanging over upper part of window or along the edge of a shelf.
- n. A border pattern with draped effect used in ceramics.
- n. A covering for a helmet.
- n. In heraldry, drapery attached to a helmet.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of pendent scarf or covering attached to the helmet, to protect it from wet or heat.
- n. A leather flap hanging from a cuirass.
- n. A piece of ornament drapery or short decorative hanging, pendent from a shelf or from the casing above a window, hiding the curtain fixtures, or the like.
- n. short and decorative hanging for a shelf edge or top of a window casing
- n. a scarf that covers a knight's helmet
- French, probably from Dutch *lamperkijn, diminutive of Middle Dutch lamper, veil. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Look now at the magnificent "lambrequin" of sweet peas, which drapes the window and almost hides the box in which they grow.”
“In one of the upper rooms can be seen a mantel with a lambrequin on it and a clock stopped at twenty minutes after five.”
“She was leaving her husband; what was more grievous to her, she was leaving her home; she was on the streets of New York, with her small savings in her greasy purse -- clasped tightly in her two hands under her "Sunday cape," that was trimmed with fringe and tassels in a way to remind you of a lambrequin.”
“The seat pads and lambrequin over window are of deep red velvet.”
“In pillows which break the long back line of a couch, in cornice moldings, lambrequin bottoms, chair backs, screens, etc., they lend life.”
“Bet she just thinks she beat us all," she thought as she laid her bonnet on the sitting-room sofa, where she had felt of the pillows, and the lambrequin which hung from the long shelf where the clock and vasts stood, on the opposite side of the room.”
“A curtain, preferably of some dark color, should be hung on each side, and a lambrequin or valance across the top.”
“All would have been well but for the seductions of a certain ice-cream parlor where candy, apples and cigars were temptingly displayed in a window, draped genteely with a fly-specked lace lambrequin.”
“She glanced at the red lambrequin over the nearest window.”
“His lambrequin mustache -- relic of a forgotten Anglomania -- had been profoundly black, but now, like his smooth hair, it was approaching an equally sheer whiteness; and though his clothes were old, they had shapeliness and a flavor of mode.”
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