Meaning of mantel

man•tel

Pronunciation: (man'tl), [key]
— n.
  1. a construction framing the opening of a fireplace and usually covering part of the chimney breast in a more or less decorative manner.
  2. a shelf above a fireplace opening.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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