mantelpiece
Mantel Man"tel, n. [The same word as mantle a garment; cf. F. manteau de chemin['e]e. See {Mantle}.] (Arch.) The finish around a fireplace, covering the chimney-breast in front and sometimes on both sides; especially, a shelf above the fireplace, and its supports. The shelf is called also a {mantelpiece} or {mantlepiece}. [Written also {mantle}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • Mantelpiece — Man tel*piece , n. Same as {Mantel}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mantelpiece — [man′təl pēs΄] n. the projecting shelf of a mantel, or this shelf and the side elements framing the fireplace in front * * * man·tel·piece (mănʹtl pēs ) n. Chiefly Eastern & Southern U.S. See mantel. * * * …   Universalium

  • mantelpiece — 1680s, from MANTEL (Cf. mantel) + PIECE (Cf. piece) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • mantelpiece — ► NOUN 1) a structure surrounding a fireplace. 2) a mantelshelf …   English terms dictionary

  • mantelpiece — [man′təl pēs΄] n. the projecting shelf of a mantel, or this shelf and the side elements framing the fireplace in front …   English World dictionary

  • mantelpiece — man|tel|piece [ˈmæntlpi:s] n also man|tel [ˈmæntl] especially AmE man|tel|shelf [ˈmæntlʃelf] BrE ↑fireplace, ↑mantelpiece a wooden or stone shelf which is the top part of a frame surrounding a ↑fireplace ▪ The clock on the mantelpiece struck 10 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mantelpiece — [[t]mæ̱nt(ə)lpiːs[/t]] mantelpieces also mantlepiece N COUNT: usu sing A mantelpiece is a wood or stone shelf which is the top part of a border round a fireplace. On the mantelpiece are a pair of bronze Ming vases. Syn: mantelshelf …   English dictionary

  • mantelpiece — UK [ˈmænt(ə)lˌpiːs] / US [ˈmænt(ə)lˌpɪs] noun [countable] Word forms mantelpiece : singular mantelpiece plural mantelpieces a shelf above the opening of a fireplace …   English dictionary

  • mantelpiece — noun Date: 1686 1. a mantel with its side elements 2. mantel 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mantelpiece — noun /ˈmæntlpiːs/ A shelf that is affixed to the wall above a fireplace. See Also: mantelshelf …   Wiktionary

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