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[oh-ver-man-tl] /ˈoʊ vərˌmæn tl/
situated above a mantelpiece.
an ornament or panel situated above a mantelpiece.
Origin of overmantel
First recorded in 1880-85; over- + mantel Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He stood leaning upon the overmantel, his foot upon one of the dogs of the fender, and considered what to do.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • He walked leisurely to the fire-place, and leant his elbow on the overmantel.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • All went to the timber yard—every bit except some little pieces worked up in the Lady Chapel, and 'ere in this overmantel.

    A Thin Ghost and Others M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James
  • “It is an overmantel, my dear,” she had said to dubious Anastasia, when it was brought home.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
  • The overmantel usually had a carved panel, but later, during the sixteenth century, this was sometimes replaced by a picture.

  • Mantel, overmantel and matching cupboards cover one entire wall, the chimney end of the room.

    Seaport in Virginia Gay Montague Moore
  • She withdrew her hand, and tidied her hair in the mirror of the overmantel.

    The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne William J. Locke
  • He leaned his elbow on the overmantel and rested his brow against his clenched right hand, and stood so awhile in moody thought.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • On the overmantel the pulse of time beat on from a little wooden clock.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • Then he turned his attention to the group standing by the window, where the light from the overmantel fell full upon it.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for overmantel


an ornamental shelf over a mantelpiece, often with a mirror
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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