- The definition of a lintel is a horizontal beam over an opening in a building that carries the weight of the wall above it.
An example of a lintel is a piece of wood that goes across the top of two windows.
A decorative lintel.
Origin of lintelOld French ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form limitellus, for limitaris, altered (by associated, association with Classical Latin limes, genitive limitis, border, frontier ; from Classical Latin liminaris, of a threshold or lintel ; from limen: see limen
Origin of lintelMiddle English, from Old French, probably alteration of lintier, from Vulgar Latin *līmitāris, of a threshold (meaning influenced by Latin līmen, threshold), from Latin, on a border, from līmes, līmit-, boundary.
- lentil, tellin'
From Middle English lyntel, from Old French lintel, from Latin lÄ«minÄris, from lÄ«men (“threshold (bottommost part of a doorframe)").