Definition of mantelpiece in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈman(t)lˌpēs/
(also mantlepiece)


1A structure of wood, marble, or stone above and around a fireplace.
Example sentences
  • The drawing room overlooks the front garden and features an original fireplace with a marble mantlepiece and cast iron inset.
  • The attic space in each house is illuminated by three fitted Velux windows and there are limestone fireplaces and marble mantelpieces throughout.
  • Olivia leans against the marble mantelpiece, above which once hung a huge painting of herself.
1.1A mantelshelf.
Example sentences
  • The mantelpiece above the fireplace was mahogany, and a ruby figurine of a dancing girl stood at one end, the amethyst twin at the other.
  • Family mementos and photographs were carefully spaced along the mantelpiece above a gas fireplace.
  • The exhibition will see tables, fireplaces and mantelpieces overflow with more than 40 arrangements inspired by original horticultural designs.

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Syllabification: man·tel·piece

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