One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A narrow border of cloth or wood, fitted across the top of a door or window to conceal the curtain fittings.
- ‘Once inside we had the opportunity to gaze out onto the reef past a thick pelmet of black gorgonians and a window box of orange elephant ear sponges.’
- ‘Chinoiserie chandeliers and pelmets, fretwork cornices, and ‘India’ wallpaper further ornamented the room, creating a splendid and exotic gardenlike setting.’
- ‘An archway leads through to the kitchen/dining room which has concealed pelmet lighting, white units at ground level, solid timber worktops and a stainless steel splashback.’
- ‘Other areas of concern are the tops of blinds, pelmets, high windowsills and doorjambs.’
- ‘I've already binned the flamboyant curtain pelmets from two rooms and can't wait to get my hands on the oversized brown smoke-glass lamp shade with twiddly gold bits.’
Early 20th century: probably an alteration of French palmette, literally ‘small palm’ (see palmette).
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