[man-tl] /ˈmæn tl/

a construction framing the opening of a fireplace and usually covering part of the chimney breast in a more or less decorative manner.
Also called mantelshelf. a shelf above a fireplace opening.
a wooden or stone frame around the opening of a fireplace, together with its decorative facing
Also called mantel shelf. a shelf above this frame

c.1200, “short, loose, sleeveless cloak,” variant of mantle (q.v.). Sense of “movable shelter for soldiers besieging a fort” is from 1520s. Meaning “timber or stone supporting masonry above a fireplace” first recorded 1510s, a shortened form of Middle English mantiltre “mantletree” (late 15c.).


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