Adjective "valance" definition and examples

(Valance may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A length of decorative drapery attached to the canopy or frame of a bed in order to screen the structure or the space beneath it.
  1. 'It was more-or-less the same as when I was a child only she had taken down the horrific black valance from her bed and had replaced them with soft white cotton ones that had intricate roses woven into them.'
  2. 'The Gripsholm bed is squarer and lower than the Knole bed (it may have been cut down), with a more conventional canopy and valances.'
  3. 'I watched as Brian lifted up the valance that hung down over the side of the bed, to reveal a snoozing father, empty beer can in hand - and for some reason missing his shoes.'
  4. 'We make our own sofas, mattresses, windows, treatments, curtains, bedspreads, and valances.'
  5. 'And both rooms were finished with new roman shades and linen valances.'
  6. 'Use a valance to soften a horizontal or vertical blind.'
  7. 'Draperies combined with window shades, valances and ornamentation such as trims can produce an exceptionally well-dressed window.'
  8. 'The padded valances and floor-length curtains concealed the architectural beauty of the windows.'
  9. 'A roll bar has replaced the rear seats, the body is adorned with one of their body kits including valences, spoilers and mesh grilles as appropriate.'
  10. 'From September onwards, BMW's 3 - Series gets a new kidney grille, new headlights, new lower front and rear valances, two new engines and a range of chassis and specification enhancements.'

More definitions

1. a short curtain or piece of drapery that is hung from the edge of a canopy, from the frame of a bed, etc.

2. a short ornamental piece of drapery placed across the top of a window.

More examples(as adjective)

"sheets can be valance."


Late Middle English: perhaps Anglo-Norman French, from a shortened form of Old French avaler ‘descend’ (see vail).