An ornamental facing around a fireplace. Also called regionally mantelpiece.(noun)
The protruding shelf over a fireplace. Also called mantelpiece, mantelshelf; also called regionally fireboard.(noun)
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Use "mantel" in a sentence
"The bookshelves are packed with stuffed animals and books, and the mantel is lined with photographs of the children who live here."
"Mantel: The fireplace mantel is a very prominent location for displaying your village, as long as your collection is not too extensive and would force the overcrowding of your favorite pieces in to what can be a narrow and overall restricted space."
"The border of the Virgin's mantel is carved to resemble brocade and painted gold, while the inside has been painted red."