Lintel definition

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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.

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A horizontal structural member, such as a beam or stone, that spans an opening, as between the uprights of a door or window or between two columns or piers.
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The horizontal crosspiece over an opening, as a door or window, usually carrying the weight of the structure above it.
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(architecture) A horizontal structural beam spanning an opening, such as between the uprights of a door or a window, and which supports the wall above.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
lintel
Plural:
lintels

Origin of lintel

  • Middle 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English lyntel, from Old French lintel, from Latin lÄ«mināris, from lÄ«men (“threshold (bottommost part of a doorframe)").

    From Wiktionary