The definition of a lintel is a horizontal beam over an opening in a building that carries the weight of the wall above it.(noun)
An example of a lintel is a piece of wood that goes across the top of two windows.
See lintel in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: OFr < VL *limitellus, for limitaris, altered (by assoc. with L limes, gen. limitis, border, frontier < L liminaris, of a threshold or lintel < limen: see limen
See lintel in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , probably alteration of lintier
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *līmitāris, of a threshold (meaning influenced by Latin līmen, threshold)
Origin: , from Latin, on a border
Origin: , from līmes, līmit-, boundary.
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