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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Perhaps from Valence town in southeastern France

valance

noun
     
Related topics: Household
val‧ance , valence [countable]
1DH a narrow piece of cloth that hangs from the edge of a shelf or from the frame of a bed to the floor
2 especially American EnglishDH a narrow piece of cloth above a window, covering the rail the curtains hang on [= pelmet British English]

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