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lintel

[ lin-tl ]
/ ˈlɪn tl /
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noun
a horizontal architectural member supporting the weight above an opening, as a window or a door.
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Also British, lin·tol .

Origin of lintel

1350–1400; Middle English lyntel<Middle French lintel, dissimilated variant of *linter<Latin līmitāris originally, belonging to or indicating a boundary; later taken as synonym of līmināris originally, of the threshold. See limit, -ar1
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British Dictionary definitions for lintel

lintel
/ (ˈlɪntəl) /

noun
a horizontal beam, as over a door or window

Word Origin for lintel

C14: via Old French probably from Late Latin līmitāris (unattested) of the boundary, influenced in meaning by līminaris of the threshold
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