over·​man·​tel | \ ˈō-vər-ˌman-tᵊl How to pronounce overmantel (audio) \

Definition of overmantel

: an ornamental structure (such as a painting) above a mantelpiece

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Other Words from overmantel

overmantel adjective

Examples of overmantel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An intentionally predictable move: centering an unadorned wooden mirror on the whitewashed brick overmantel. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "How to Create a Cozy, Classic American Living Room," 25 Sep. 2020 Anchoring the space is a ventless fireplace with a large, vertical overmantel, which Gray's husband covered in a plaster finish that gives a rich patina—and makes the TV less noticeable. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Rasheeda Gray Turns Her Modern, Open-Concept Home Into a Functional Space for Her Family in Just 8 Weeks," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of overmantel

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overmantel was in 1882

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“Overmantel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overmantel. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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