- a construction framing the opening of a fireplace and usually covering part of the chimney breast in a more or less decorative manner.
- Also called mantelshelf. a shelf above a fireplace opening.
Origin of mantel
Examples from the Web for mantel
In her memoir, Giving Up the Ghost, Mantel writes of her own childhood encounters with the paranormal.
Mantel did live in Saudi Arabia with her husband for nearly a decade, and this piece was originally published as memoir.
His mantel is chock full of Oscars and Grammys (three of each).Giorgio Moroder, Dance Music Legend, on Remixing Coldplay’s ‘Midnight’ and ‘Crazy’ Lana Del Rey
April 30, 2014
The political rhetoric and advocacy that claim the mantel of the eternal for decidedly temporal causes.Pope Francis’s Injunction to Get Back to Basics May Help American Christianity
October 6, 2013
Mantel, unfortunately, repeats the “scheming Anne” portrayal in her own novels.Why Does Anne Boleyn Obsess Us?
April 25, 2013
I leaned against the mantel, relieved by his going, but unutterably lonely.The Bacillus of Beauty
Then he leaned his arm on the mantel and bowed his head on it.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
She stood there under the mantel, and held by it while she trembled.Tiverton Tales
She had risen with him, and they were both standing beside the mantel.Southern Lights and Shadows
She rose and glanced at herself in the mirror which hung over the mantel.The Film of Fear
less commonly mantle
- a wooden or stone frame around the opening of a fireplace, together with its decorative facing
- Also called: mantel shelf a shelf above this frame
Word Origin and History for mantel
c.1200, "short, loose, sleeveless cloak," variant of mantle (q.v.). Sense of "movable shelter for soldiers besieging a fort" is from 1520s. Meaning "timber or stone supporting masonry above a fireplace" first recorded 1510s, a shortened form of Middle English mantiltre "mantletree" (late 15c.).