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
A ball from the game would be a nice thing to put on the mantel piece in Bauer's trophy room at home, right?
Representative Mary Bono (R-California) hopes to change all that, by accepting the mantel of the Alpo Dog Walker of the Year.
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Origin and Etymology of mantel
Middle English, from Anglo-French, mantle
First Known Use: 15th century
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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