Definition of lintel
: a horizontal architectural member spanning and usually carrying the load above an opening
Recent Examples of lintel from the Web
A wood lintel with faux painted stones on the sides decorates the entrance, and a mural depicting the Provence area of France is painted on the pocket doors.
Not far from the outskirts of Pearland stands the Sri Meenakshi Temple, its cream walls and wedding-cake lintels of Hindu gods rising above the flatlands.
Around the sanctum were lintels carved with ornate scenes from Hindu mythology.
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Origin and Etymology of lintel
Middle English, from Anglo-French *lintel, alteration of linter threshold, from Late Latin limitaris, from Latin, constituting a boundary, from limit-, limes boundary
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
LINTEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lintel for English Language Learners
: a piece of wood or stone that lies across the top of a door or window and holds the weight of the structure above it
LINTEL Defined for Kids
Definition of lintel for Students
: a horizontal piece or part across the top of an opening (as of a door) to carry the weight of the structure above it
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