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 (lăm′bər-kĭn, -brə-kĭn)
1. A short ornamental drapery for the top of a window or door or the edge of a shelf.
2. A heavy protective cloth worn over a helmet in medieval times.

[French, probably from Dutch *lamperkijn, diminutive of Middle Dutch lamper, veil.]
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(ˈlæmbrɪkɪn; ˈlæmbə-)
1. (Architecture) an ornamental hanging covering the edge of a shelf or the upper part of a window or door
2. (Art Terms)
a. a border pattern giving a draped effect, used on ceramics, etc
b. (as modifier): a lambrequin pattern.
3. (Clothing & Fashion) (often plural) a scarf worn over a helmet
4. (Heraldry) heraldry another name for mantling
[C18: from French, from Dutch lamperkin (unattested), diminutive of lamper veil]
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(ˈlæm brɪ kɪn, ˈlæm bər-)

1. a protective fabric covering for a knight's helmet.
2. a short decorative cornice or drapery covering the top part of a door or window or suspended from a shelf.
[1715–25; < French, Middle French < Middle Dutch *lamperken]
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Scalloped edging decorating an item of porcelain.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lambrequin - a scarf that covers a knight's helmetlambrequin - a scarf that covers a knight's helmet
scarf - a garment worn around the head or neck or shoulders for warmth or decoration
2.lambrequin - short and decorative hanging for a shelf edge or top of a window casing
hanging, wall hanging - decoration that is hung (as a tapestry) on a wall or over a window; "the cold castle walls were covered with hangings"
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References in classic literature ?
She spent some of her week's pay in the purchase of flowered cretonne for a lambrequin. She made it with infinite care and hung it to the slightly-careening mantel, over the stove, in the kitchen.
He spent a few moments in flourishing his clothes and then vanished, without having glanced at the lambrequin.
She had vented some phase of drunken fury upon the lambrequin. It lay in a bedraggled heap in the corner.
She was now convinced that Pete was superior to admiration for lambrequins.
I did but ask her yesternight for her green veil, that I might bear it as a token or lambrequin upon my helm; but she flashed out at me that she kept it for a better man, and then all in a breath asked pardon for that she had spoke so rudely.
But every room-hunter was made to visit his room to admire the lambrequins. After each visit, Mr.
I asked the lady to have a look at your lambrequins."
Skidder to himself, putting his feet up against the lambrequins and disappearing in a cloud of smoke like an aerial cuttlefish.
Perkins had made full curtains and lambrequins of unbleached muslin, which she had trimmed and looped back with bands of Turkey red cotton.