from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ornamental drapery hung across a top edge, as of a bed, table, or canopy.
- n. A short drapery, decorative board, or metal strip mounted especially across the top of a window to conceal structural fixtures.
- transitive v. To supply with valances or a valance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Short curtain that hangs along the top edge of a window.
- n. A decorative framework used to conceal the curtain mechanism and so on at the top of a window.
- n. A short, decorative edging of cloth that hangs from the mattress to the floor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Hanging drapery for a bed, couch, window, or the like, especially that which hangs around a bedstead, from the bed to the floor.
- n. The drooping edging of the lid of a trunk, which covers the joint when the lid is closed.
- transitive v. To furnish with a valance; to decorate with hangings or drapery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of damask used for furniture-coverings, made of silk, or silk and wool. Also valentia, Valencia.
- n. A short curtain used upon a bedstead, or in some similar way, either around the frame upon which the mattress rests (a base-valance), or around the head of the canopy (a tester-valance).
- To furnish or decorate with a valance: figuratively used in the quotation for ‘to decorate with a beard.’
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a decorative framework to conceal curtain fixtures at the top of a window casing
Middle English.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)