overmantel

noun

over·​man·​tel ˈō-vər-ˌman-tᵊl How to pronounce overmantel (audio)
: an ornamental structure (such as a painting) above a mantelpiece
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, 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, 25 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 27 Feb. 2024.

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