- Chiefly British. mantlepiece.
- Obsolete. a decoration over a fireplace.
Origin of chimney piece
First recorded in 1605–15
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Examples from the Web for chimneypiece
He turned and laid his arms on the chimneypiece, burying his head on them.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
"I am quite at your command," and I went and leaned against the chimneypiece.To Have and To Hold
Let me hide, too, these ridiculous monsters which ornament my chimneypiece.An "Attic" Philosopher, Complete
On the chimneypiece, the tables, and the consoles, were strewn the jewel-cases.Monsieur de Camors, Complete
I am quite at your command, and I went and leaned against the chimneypiece.By order of the company
- another name (esp Brit) for mantelpiece (def. 1)
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