mantelpiece definition

  • noun:
    • Chiefly Eastern & south U.S. See mantel.
    • A shelf that's affixed into the wall above a fireplace.
    • Same as mantel.
    • The fitting or design of a mantel—that is, the horizontal hood, cornice, or shelf carried above a fireplace; hence, by expansion, all of the marble-work, metal-work, or wainscoting around a fireplace, or masking the breast of a chimney, including generally one shelf or more.
    • shelf that tasks from wall above fireplace

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