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mantel

or man·tle

[ man-tl ]
/ ˈmæn tl /
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noun

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.

RELATED WORDS

mantelpiece, chimneypiece, fireboard, mantelshelf

Nearby words

mantaro, manteau, manteca, mantegna, mantegna, andrea, mantel, mantelboard, mantelet, mantelletta, mantellone, mantelpiece

Origin of mantel

1480–90; earlier mantell mantelet; variant of mantle
Also called man·tel·piece [man-tl-pees] /ˈmæn tlˌpis/, mantlepiece.
Can be confusedmantel mantle
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British Dictionary definitions for mantel

mantel

less commonly mantle

/ (ˈmæntəl) /

noun

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 for mantel

C15: from French, variant of mantle
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Word Origin and History for mantel

mantel


n.

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.).

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