lintel

noun

lin·​tel ˈlin-tᵊl How to pronounce lintel (audio)
: a horizontal architectural member spanning and usually carrying the load above an opening

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Enlarge / Stonehenge as viewed from the northeast, showing the post-and-lintel construction of the Sarsen Circle. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 4 May 2022 Enlarge / Stonehenge as viewed from the northeast, showing the post-and-lintel construction of the Sarsen Circle. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 4 May 2022 Enlarge / Stonehenge as viewed from the northeast, showing the post-and-lintel construction of the Sarsen Circle. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 4 May 2022 Enlarge / Stonehenge as viewed from the northeast, showing the post-and-lintel construction of the Sarsen Circle. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 4 May 2022 Enlarge / Stonehenge as viewed from the northeast, showing the post-and-lintel construction of the Sarsen Circle. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 4 May 2022 Enlarge / Stonehenge as viewed from the northeast, showing the post-and-lintel construction of the Sarsen Circle. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 4 May 2022 This creates a noticeably compact rear door aperture, requiring a duck of the head to get past the curved lintel. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, 13 Apr. 2022 There is also an inner ring of smaller bluestones and, within that ring, several free-standing trilithons (larger sarsens joined by one lintel). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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 century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lintel was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lintel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lintel. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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lintel

noun

lin·​tel ˈlin-tᵊl How to pronounce lintel (audio)
: 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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