- a horizontal architectural member supporting the weight above an opening, as a window or a door.
Origin of lintel
Examples from the Web for lintel
He stood swaying—then leaned against the lintel of the door.An Outcast of the Islands
She was about to slam the door in my face, but I pushed my foot between it and the lintel.A Master of Mysteries
L. T. Meade
He ended with a hollow groan and the weight of his body against the lintel.The Long Roll
The height of the tablinum at the lintel should be one eighth more than its width.
The height of the lintel should be equivalent to the width of the jambs at the top.
- a horizontal beam, as over a door or window
Word Origin and History for lintel
early 14c., from Old French lintel "threshold" (13c., Modern French linteau), of uncertain origin, probably a variant of lintier, from Vulgar Latin *limitaris "threshold," from Latin limitaris (adj.) "that is on the border," from limes (genitive limitis) "border, boundary" (see limit (n.)). Altered by influence of Latin limen "threshold."