- 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 Also called regionally mantelpiece .
- The protruding shelf over a fireplace. Also called Also called regionally mantelpiece . Also called mantelshelf . Also called fireboard .
Origin of mantelMiddle English mantel ( as in mantiltre beam over fireplace opening, perhaps from its use for drying wet clothing ); see manteltree .