Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A shelf that is affixed to the wall above a fireplace.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as mantel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fitting or decoration of a mantel—that is, the horizontal hood, cornice, or shelf carried above a fireplace; hence, by extension, all the marble-work, metal-work, or wainscoting around a fireplace, or masking the breast of a chimney, including usually one shelf or more.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. shelf that projects from wall above fireplace

Etymologies

mantel + piece (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The tick-tock of the brown clock on the mantelpiece is loud and the tap that Tada has mended three times drip-drips in the scullery.

    Excerpt: The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan

  • Pamuk drops in many loud references to Chekhov, and the gun that is on the mantelpiece from the beginning of the action is at last duly and lethally discharged.

    Mind the Gap

  • The mantelpiece is laden with the pretty yellow jonquil; and a copper kettle is just beginning to simmer on the pleasantly crackling fire, beside which sits the tall, dark, strong-featured owner of these varied tastes.

    Love and Life Behind the Purdah

  • There was a very bonny-painted cloth alang the chimley -- what they call a mantelpiece border, I warrant. "

    A Window in Thrums

  • And carved into the mantelpiece was the inscription: A true knight is fuller of bravery in the midst, than in the beginning, of danger.

    KNIGHTLEY ACADEMY

  • On the mantelpiece are a few photographs—of Jack and his parents, it seems.

    The English American

  • Over the mantelpiece were the sunken doors of an iron safe, while a couple of hanging shelves for books, an almanac, and several files of dusty papers, decorated the walls.

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

  • In the centre of the mantelpiece was a gilt and porcelain S'vres clock much like the one in the drawing room at home.

    Sepulchre

  • Propped on the mantelpiece was a copy of the Sunday School kids 'programme: 12 noon Picnic lunch and sing along at YMCA hostel ...

    The mission song

  • On the mantelpiece is a picture of Broadlands, the house of his uncle, the late Earl Mountbatten.

    A Murder in Kenya

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