- the facing of stone, marble, etc. about a fireplace, including a projecting shelf or slab above it
- the shelf or slab
Origin of mantelvariant, variety of mantle
- An ornamental facing around a fireplace. Also called regionally mantelpiece.
- The protruding shelf over a fireplace. Also called regionally mantelpiece, mantelshelf, fireboard.
Origin of mantelMiddle English mantel (as in mantiltre, beam over fireplace opening, perhaps from its use for drying wet clothing); see manteltree.