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[man-tl-shelf] /ˈmæn tlˌʃɛlf/
noun, plural mantelshelves.
mantel (def 2).
Origin of mantelshelf
First recorded in 1820-30; mantel + shelf Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There was an old standish on the mantelshelf containing a dusty apology for all three.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • And so it still remains a permanent eyesore on her mantelshelf.

  • The walls were covered with pictures, the mantelshelf with flowers.

    Scottish Ghost Stories Elliott O'Donnell
  • When she came back from making his bed she had found him standing by the mantelshelf.

    The Lowest Rung

    Mary Cholmondeley
  • Paul stood aside, resting his elbow upon a corner of the mantelshelf.

  • Then some one struck a match, and a lamp was lit and set on the mantelshelf.

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke
  • The clock on the mantelshelf struck midnight, and he opened his eyes.

    The Moving Finger Mary Gaunt
  • A golden bangle of curious Indian design was lying upon the mantelshelf.

    Hushed Up William Le Queux
  • It's on top of the mantelshelf alongside the picture tea-tin.

    New Treasure Seekers

    E. (Edith) Nesbit
  • He left his seat restlessly and leaned against the mantelshelf.

    Black Oxen

    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton

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