Definition of lintel in English:


Line breaks: lin¦tel
Pronunciation: /ˈlɪnt(ə)l


  • A horizontal support of timber, stone, concrete, or steel across the top of a door or window.
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    • It bears all the hallmarks of a Post-Modernist interpretation of a historical facade, with architraves and lintels in cast aluminium.
    • The next horizontal layer has occasional punched window openings with expressed timber lintels.
    • Precast copings, window lintels, and string courses have a terra-cotta color, without exposed aggregate.



(US linteled) adjective


Middle English: from Old French, based on late Latin liminare, from Latin limen 'threshold'.

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