Definition of mantelpiece in English:


(also mantlepiece)


  • 1A structure of wood, marble, or stone above and around a fireplace.

    • ‘Olivia leans against the marble mantelpiece, above which once hung a huge painting of herself.’
    • ‘The drawing room overlooks the front garden and features an original fireplace with a marble mantlepiece and cast iron inset.’
    • ‘The painting will now take pride of place above the mantelpiece in the common room at the centre.’
    • ‘There, strapped to William's back and out of sight, was his father's battleaxe from above the mantelpiece in their parlor.’
    • ‘The railings lined the tented wall behind the head table that was centered before a massive stone mantelpiece draped in tulips.’
    • ‘Laurie turns back to the fireplace, looking into the small mirror hanging above the mantelpiece.’
    • ‘The attic space in each house is illuminated by three fitted Velux windows and there are limestone fireplaces and marble mantelpieces throughout.’
    • ‘The elegant parlour features an entire mantlepiece and alcove made of marble that's more like a small sitting room.’
    • ‘Wooden double doors lead through the drawing room, which is a similar size and features an impressive fireplace with a marble mantlepiece, brass grate and marble hearth.’
    • ‘He strode over to the fireplace, resting an arm on the mantelpiece in casual pose.’
    • ‘The drawing room to the left has a redbrick floor-to-ceiling fireplace with pine mantelpiece.’
    • ‘My eyes snagged on the wall above the mantelpiece, where an array of small oil paintings hung in military organization.’
    • ‘There is a cast iron fireplace with stained pine mantelpiece and oak floorboards.’
    • ‘Whilst the majority are installed into marble or wood mantelpieces there is a growing market for complete ‘bedroom style’ fireplaces in cast iron.’
    • ‘Some houses will also have Arts and Crafts-style architraves, covings, skirtings and mantelpieces, while others will feature decorative ceiling beams and attic storage areas.’
    • ‘The principal rooms, both downstairs and upstairs, have decorative mantelpieces and cornices that are imaginatively conceived and neatly executed.’
    • ‘Kathleen struggled not to gaze at her reflection on the mirror that hung above the mantelpiece, but her eyes continued to glance.’
    • ‘As the mantelpiece and panelling indicate, their project is the improvement of a home: virtuous work serves domesticity, family values.’
    • ‘The mantelpiece was an intricate wood carving of vines and branches, almost like it was a living tree itself.’
    • ‘The room also features a brick fireplace with raised hearth and thick wood beamed mantelpiece, and is overlooked by a balcony which is accessible from the first floor.’
    1. 1.1 A mantelshelf.
      • ‘Recalling it, she looked as happy as she did in one of the pictures she kept on her mantelpiece, the one where she stands next to her father as a debutante.’
      • ‘The exhibition will see tables, fireplaces and mantelpieces overflow with more than 40 arrangements inspired by original horticultural designs.’
      • ‘She glanced wistfully at the picture of Amber on the mantelpiece.’
      • ‘He placed it on his mantelpiece, above the dead television, next to their wedding photo, and he cried.’
      • ‘Every now and then she looks back down at a silver picture frame on the mantelpiece, in which she can see her current appearance.’
      • ‘A lamp on a low table can wear a shorter shade than a lamp on a mantelpiece because you can't see underneath a shade below eye level.’
      • ‘Have some of its marvellous cubic-crystal structures on your mantelpiece!’
      • ‘Among the framed family pictures on our bedroom mantelpiece are two of young men in nautical uniform.’
      • ‘Resting on the mantelpiece above a gas fire is an enlarged, slightly blurred photograph of a group of Indian or maybe Sri Lankan soldiers, handguns to the ready, holding a leopard on a chain.’
      • ‘Only when his mind had cleared and he could see again what was in front of him did his vision clarify and he saw the wooden surround of the fireplace and the clock on the mantelpiece and the rug on the floor.’
      • ‘She took down an inkily glazed cast from the mantlepiece and passed it to him.’
      • ‘Don't put cards on the mantelpiece above the fire or anywhere near a direct source of heat.’
      • ‘Usually I wouldn't even see the dust on the piano/the mantlepiece / the windowsills.’
      • ‘We're not looking for any accolades or shiny shingles for the mantelpiece.’
      • ‘There was a shelf above the tiny fireplace, acting as a mantelpiece for the clock, which was one of those porcelain shells with a clock face as it's inner pattern.’
      • ‘Another of the pictures from the mantelpiece shows her during that period, sailing on a gondola down the canals of Venice.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Clocks decorated with mythological beings and resting on marble bases adorned desks, consoles, and mantelpieces in drawing rooms and studies everywhere during the First Empire.’
      • ‘‘But on the day she was so happy and so beautiful,’ says Mark, gazing at her picture on the mantlepiece with tears in his eyes.’
      shelf, sill, mantel, mantelshelf, shelving
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