A word of many meanings. Let’s run them down for you:
- In its most classical sense, it means the third or uppermost division of an entablature, resting on the frieze. (Lots of architectural terms here.) Also related: The exterior trim of a structure at the meeting of the roof and wall.
- In its most common usage, it means crown molding, i.e. an ornamental molding of wood, plaster, or synthetic material that runs around the walls of a room, just below the ceiling. Also related: The molding forming the top member of a door or window frame.
- In its second most common usage, it’s another word for a valance – a horizontal element covering the top of window curtains and concealing the mechanism. These can be shaped, lined, and in a variety of finishes. Also related: Any molded projection crowning or finishing the part to which it is affixed.