• WordNet 3.6
    • n mantelpiece shelf that projects from wall above fireplace "in Britain they call a mantel a chimneypiece"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mantelpiece Same as Mantel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mantelpiece The fitting or decoration of a mantel—that is, the horizontal hood, cornice, or shelf carried above a fireplace; hence, by extension, all the marble-work, metal-work, or wainscoting around a fireplace, or masking the breast of a chimney, including usually one shelf or more.
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In literature:

Then he looked round for a match, and lighted a candle on the mantelpiece, in spite of a peevish remonstrance from the patient.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
That's a snapshot of Ronnie on the mantelpiece.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
He went and stood with his elbow on the mantelpiece, soberly, as if he had only kissed a sister.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Sally rose to her feet and crossed to the mantelpiece.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
I replaced the portrait, laying it down flat on the mantelpiece.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume IV (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
Here his glance fell upon a bottle of wine which stood on the mantelpiece.
"The Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy
But he practically never mentioned Jenny; he had not even a photograph of her on his mantelpiece.
"None Other Gods" by Robert Hugh Benson
At the end of the room is a beautiful marble mantelpiece of late eighteenth century Italian work.
"The Social History of Smoking" by G. L. Apperson
Suddenly I gave a start as my eye drifted to the mantelpiece.
"Our Elizabeth" by Florence A. Kilpatrick
He goes to a mantelpiece in the room and points to a calendar.
"The Second Latchkey" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson

In poetry:

Some time ago, in simple verse
I sang the story true
And all her happy crew.
"The Martinet" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The Admiralty saw how ill
They'd treated CAPTAIN REECE;
He was restored once more aboard
"The Martinet" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"We won't pretend, my lad, as how
We're glad to lose our REECE;
Urbane, polite, he suited quite
"The Martinet" by William Schwenck Gilbert
In short, the happy MANTELPIECE,
Where all had gone so well,
Beneath that fool SIR BERKELY'S rule
Became a floating hell.
"The Martinet" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Kind-hearted CAPTAIN REECE, R.N.,
Was quite devoted to his men;
In point of fact, good CAPTAIN REECE
"Captain Reece" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Of all the ships upon the blue,
No ship contained a better crew
Than that of worthy CAPTAIN REECE,
Commanding of THE MANTELPIECE.
"Captain Reece" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Porcelain figurines are perched on the mantelpiece behind Mikey Weinstein.
"My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece," By Annabel Pitcher (Little, Brown, 224 pgs.
10-year-old wrestles with terrorism's reverberations in ' Mantelpiece '.
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece .
Combine pine cones , evergreen boughs and candles on a mantelpiece for a rustic take on Christmas decor.