situated above a mantelpiece.


an ornament or panel situated above a mantelpiece.

Origin of overmantel

First recorded in 1880–85; over- + mantel
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Historical Examples of overmantel

  • On the overmantel the pulse of time beat on from a little wooden clock.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

  • On the overmantel stood two five-armed sconces with lighted tapers.


    Raphael Sabatini

  • He walked leisurely to the fire-place, and leant his elbow on the overmantel.


    Raphael Sabatini

  • “It is an overmantel, my dear,” she had said to dubious Anastasia, when it was brought home.

    The Nebuly Coat

    John Meade Falkner

  • She withdrew her hand, and tidied her hair in the mirror of the overmantel.

British Dictionary definitions for overmantel



an ornamental shelf over a mantelpiece, often with a mirror
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