va·lance /ˈvælən(t)s, ˈve-/
1. Hanging drapery for a bed, couch, window, or the like, especially that which hangs around a bedstead, from the bed to the floor. [Written also valence.]
Valance of Venice gold in needlework. --Shak.
2. The drooping edging of the lid of a trunk, which covers the joint when the lid is closed.
Val·ance, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Valanced p. pr. & vb. n. Valancing ] To furnish with a valance; to decorate with hangings or drapery.
His old fringed chair valanced around with party-colored worsted bobs. --Sterne.
n : a decorative framework to conceal curtain fixtures at the
top of a window casing [syn: cornice, valance board,