or man·tle

[ man-tl ]
/ ˈmæn tl /


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.

Nearby words

  1. mantaro,
  2. manteau,
  3. manteca,
  4. mantegna,
  5. mantegna, andrea,
  6. mantelboard,
  7. mantelet,
  8. mantelletta,
  9. mantellone,
  10. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mantelpiece


/ (ˈmæntəlˌpiːs) /


Also called: mantel shelf, chimneypiece a shelf above a fireplace often forming part of the mantel
another word for mantel (def. 1)


less commonly mantle

/ (ˈmæntəl) /


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 mantelpiece
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