mantelboard

[ man-tl-bawrd, -bohrd ]
/ ˈmæn tlˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd /

noun Chiefly South Midland U.S.

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Origin of mantelboard

First recorded in 1880–85; mantel + board
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Example sentences from the Web for mantelboard

  • Then he came back to the fireplace, and leaned against the mantelboard.

  • In fact, it is quite a mantelboard ornament, as most of these things are.

    Sharps and Flats|John Nevil Maskelyne
  • Tunisian or point lace forms a very good edging to a mantelboard, and when a foot deep, or nearly so, it is extremely handsome.

    Household Organization|Florence Caddy