man·​tel·​piece | \ ˈman-tᵊl-ˌpēs How to pronounce mantelpiece (audio) \

Definition of mantelpiece

1 : a mantel with its side elements

Examples of mantelpiece in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The couple, who have two teenagers, asked that the decor skew classic to resonate with the existing architectural details, such as crown moldings and the circa 1900 original marble mantelpiece. Marni Elyse Katz,, "Combining properties turns a Mission Hill brownstone into one family’s dream home," 5 Sep. 2019 Photographs of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and the cleaner’s grandchildren were propped at random behind ornaments on the drawing-room mantelpiece; there were sacks of birdseed on the teak sideboard in the dining room. Tessa Hadley, The New Yorker, "The Bunty Club," 21 Oct. 2019 Other restrictions protect the exterior and original interior features such as flooring, windows, window surrounds, wainscoting, baseboards, door surrounds, fireplaces and their mantelpieces, and decorative plaster moldings. Pamela Babcock,, "Property with a Revolutionary War-era legacy gets a new life," 27 Sep. 2019 Each house also will contain a piece of Boutwell history — from historic photos to original timbers for mantelpieces, Sharkey said. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Historic Stillwater house rescued by TV star gets new life," 15 July 2019 Big marble fireplace mantelpieces and lavish parquet floors are from that period, says Mr. Steidl. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "In Vienna, a Villa Built for a Brewing Bigwig," 10 July 2019 Three successive Serie A titles, the third with an unprecedented record points tally of 102, and two Supercoppa Italiana crowns made their way onto Conte's mantelpiece, laying the foundations of a winning mentality in Turin., "Antonio Conte: An Astute Tactician Whose Perfectionist Philosophy Reinvented the 3-5-2 Wheel," 18 June 2019 On a mantelpiece, an elaborate gilt clock ticks, its golden cherubs preparing their mechanized dance. Daniel Mendelsohn, The New York Review of Books, "Ingmar Bergman, Novelist," 18 Apr. 2019 Veteran performers can make room on their mantelpieces. Michael Paulson, New York Times, "Survey Says: Look for ‘Hadestown’ and ‘Ferryman’ to Take Tony Trophies," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of mantelpiece

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mantelpiece.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mantelpiece

: the shelf above a fireplace and the decorative pieces on the sides of the fireplace


man·​tel·​piece | \ ˈman-tᵊl-ˌpēs How to pronounce mantelpiece (audio) \

Kids Definition of mantelpiece

1 : a shelf above a fireplace along with side pieces
2 : mantel

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