One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1North American A short piece of decorative drapery hung over the top of a door or window or draped from a shelf or mantelpiece.
- ‘Certainly the vocabulary of ornament - the lambrequin canopies at the top, scale pattern surface decoration, and elaborate plumed heads - are features common to Kent's designs for Houghton.’
- ‘The base of the octagonal lantern is adorned with female heads, an inner rope-twist molding, and an outer lambrequin fringe.’
2A cloth covering the back of a medieval knight's helmet, represented in heraldry as the mantling.
Early 18th century (in lambrequin (sense 2)): from French, from the Dutch diminutive of lamper ‘veil’.
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