Mantel meaning

măntl
The protruding shelf over a fireplace.
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The facing of stone, marble, etc. about a fireplace, including a projecting shelf or slab above it.
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The shelf or slab.
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The shelf above a fireplace which may be also a structural support for the masonry of the chimney.
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An ornamental facing around a fireplace.
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Origin of mantel

  • Middle English mantel (as in mantiltre beam over fireplace opening, perhaps from its use for drying wet clothing) manteltree

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

  • Old English mentel (“sleeveless cloak"), later reinforced by cognate Anglo-Norman mantel, both from Latin mantÄ“llum (“covering, cloak"), diminutive of mantum, likely from Gaulish.

    From Wiktionary