Definition of mantel
1a : a beam, stone, or arch serving as a lintel to support the masonry above a fireplaceb : the finish around a fireplace
2 : a shelf above a fireplace
Recent Examples of mantel from the Web
Q. This mantel clock belonged to my husband's grandfather.
The letter is in a folder on the mantel, near a crucifix that once belonged to a Catholic bishop.
Two mantels upstairs in the master bathroom and bedroom were painted a textured gray to resemble stone.
Chinese carved teak furniture perched on Persian rugs, colorful Japanese lanterns dangled from the ceiling, cloisonne objects filled the mantel, and the rooms boasted other artifacts from Asia and the Middle East.
A ball from the game would be a nice thing to put on the mantel piece in Bauer's trophy room at home, right?
Just like a proud mother covers her fireplace mantel and living room walls with family photos, Terry Duffy's CME Group office is filled with photos of himself and politicians.
Natural stone such as marble, onyx, travertine, and slate can add a touch of elegance to your home’s entrance hallway, kitchen counters, bathroom vanity and fireplace mantel.
A family portrait crafted on the beach made its way home to a cherished spot above their fireplace mantel.
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Origin and Etymology of mantel
Middle English, from Anglo-French, mantle
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
MANTEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mantel for English Language Learners
: the shelf above a fireplace
MANTEL Defined for Kids
Definition of mantel for Students
: a shelf above a fireplace
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