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 Any writer would be proud to have it on the mantelpiece. New York Times, 10 May 2022 The concrete from the staircase shows up again in the kitchen island and as the living room’s fireplace mantelpiece. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, 5 Jan. 2022 Well, here’s a round up of some stylish options that are ideal for your mantelpiece, coffee table, sideboard, and even outdoors. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 The resulting black and white portrait ended up on Fry's mantelpiece, where it was spotted by actor Kenneth Branagh. CNN, 3 Sep. 2021 The fighters give a tour to the Al Jazeera journalist, and at one point one rolls up an Afghan flag in the palace and puts it on a mantelpiece. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 15 Aug. 2021 Lionel Messi finally picked up the major international trophy that has been missing on his mantelpiece Saturday when Argentina outlasted Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final in Rio de Janeiro. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2021 Stray visitors to his home were struck by the photograph of Stalin on his mantelpiece. Thomas Meaney, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 There is also a white marble mantelpiece with Greco Roman figures. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of mantelpiece

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mantelpiece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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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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