An example of a lintel is a piece of wood that goes across the top of two windows.
Other Word Forms
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)").