- a short curtain or piece of draperythat is hung from the edge of acanopy, from the frame of a bed, etc.
- a short ornamental piece of draperyplaced across the top of a window. (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/valance)
"Homey pink, pleated valances framed windows overlooking a courtyard enclosed by the reddish-brown tapestry brick of the old hospital building."
- Sheri Fink, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (2013)