• WordNet 3.6
    • n lambrequin short and decorative hanging for a shelf edge or top of a window casing
    • n lambrequin a scarf that covers a knight's helmet
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lambrequin A kind of pendent scarf or covering attached to the helmet, to protect it from wet or heat.
    • Lambrequin A leather flap hanging from a cuirass.
    • Lambrequin A piece of ornament drapery or short decorative hanging, pendent from a shelf or from the casing above a window, hiding the curtain fixtures, or the like.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lambrequin A piece of textile fabric, leather, or the like, hanging by one of its edges, and typically having the opposite edge dagged, slitted, scalloped, or otherwise cut in an ornamental manner: used in several ways. In medieval armor, a piece of stuff worn over the helmet of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, especially at tourneys and justs. This usage is figured in modern heraldry. See below.
    • n lambrequin In decorative art, painting on a surface more or less imitating or resembling a lambrequin, as in some Chinese vases, in which the upper part of the body is covered by solid decoration having a lower edge of jagged or ornamented outline.
    • n lambrequin In heraldry, the mantelet, represented as floating from the helmet, and often forming an important part of the ornamental decoration of the achievement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lambrequin lam′bre-kin a strip of cloth, leather, &c., hanging from a window, doorway, or mantelpiece, as a drapery: an ornamental covering, as of cloth, attached to a helmet.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. Cf. Lamboys Label
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

The walls and carpets and lambrequins are a heavy dark green.
"Dear Enemy" by Jean Webster
Lambrequins dependent from gaudy boxings of beaten tin, gilded.
"Life On The Mississippi, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
She spent some of her week's pay in the purchase of flowered cretonne for a lambrequin.
"Maggie: A Girl of the Streets" by Stephen Crane
A suite in Paris, immense high grave rooms, with lambrequins and a balcony.
"Main Street" by Sinclair Lewis
Above this sign were the words, "Marie Lambrequin," no doubt the man's name.
"The Chouans" by Honore de Balzac
The salon had curtains at its windows of old red damask, with lambrequins, tied back at the sides with silken cords.
"The Brotherhood of Consolation" by Honore de Balzac
But every room-hunter was made to visit his room to admire the lambrequins.
"The Four Million" by O. Henry
A big man with a lambrequin mustache was filling the rear seat measurably well.
"When Egypt Went Broke" by Holman Day
I could see the fishwives carrying great trays of lampreys and lambrequins toward the fish market.
"Shandygaff" by Christopher Morley
They are always half covered up with lambrequins or some fanciful contrivance.
"The House that Jill Built" by E. C. Gardner
I knew that the late Mr. Mumford had been a noble soul who wore full face lambrequins and was fussy about his food.
"Wilt Thou Torchy" by Sewell Ford
I am Philip, and will occupy the parlor; I like it; I like the lambrequins at the window, and I like the pictures on the wall.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z" by Various
I wonder if them lambrequins are real?
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
There was a majestic black stove and window lambrequins.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
She glanced at the red lambrequin over the nearest window.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
She sat in her dressing-gown embroidering peonies on a lambrequin and aired her grievances.
"The Readjustment" by Will Irwin
He said that they were driven just far enough through to hang on the other side like a lambrequin.
"Cordwood" by Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
Damask was damask, I can tell you, and velvet lambrequins meant money.
"Prisoners of Poverty" by Helen Campbell
There was no carpet, the curtains were of chintz and the lambrequins evidently home made.
"Sons and Fathers" by Harry Stillwell Edwards
The modern use of the lambrequin as an ornamental finish to window-curtains is another instance of misapplied decoration.
"The Decoration of Houses" by Edith Wharton