Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly Southern U.S. See mantel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A shelf above a fireplace.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The shelf of a mantel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That part of a mantelpiece which constitutes a shelf.
  • n. A mantelpiece.

Etymologies

mantel + shelf (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But as it happened, Banghurst had left a rook rifle he sometimes played with on the top of the desk, and on the corner of the mantelshelf was a tin with three or four cartridges remaining in it.

    Twelve Stories and a Dream, by H. G. Wells

  • On the mantelshelf was a twelve-inch flat boxwood rule, such as engineers use, a piece of soft, red rubber, and a stone bottle of Draper's dichroic ink.

    John Thorndyke's Cases related by Christopher Jervis and edited by R. Austin Freeman

  • On the mantelshelf was a small round alarm clock and some brightly polished tin canisters.

    The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

  • The room was very still; its ordered comfort, the measured ticking of the carriage clock on the mantelshelf, the insistent thudding of the sea, all heightened the sense of outrage, the crudity of destruction and hate.

    She Closed Her Eyes

  • Traverse right about fifteen feet with peg protection; step up with difficulty; then on to a small pinnacle block; gam the next ledge by a mantelshelf; climb the groove with the aid of two pegs and one sling to the horizontal crack; follow the groove again to

    She Closed Her Eyes

  • He straightened up just as the clock on the mantelshelf struck the three-quarters.

    She Closed Her Eyes

  • She shifted two vases back to their old familiar position of one at each end of the mantelshelf.

    They didn’t read Pitchfork or Stereogum or Gorilla vs. Bear or Hipster Runoff

  • Dickens then visits a workroom, featuring coloured prints, a china shepherdess on the mantelshelf, carpets, stuffed chairs and an open fire.

    Bedlam

  • She looked along the dusty mantelshelf and sifted through some letters.

    Deadly Intent

  • But if you knew how many times hed said that Sandra held onto one opened envelope and placed the others back onto the mantelshelf.

    Deadly Intent

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