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mantelpiece

1. a shelf above a fireplace often forming part of the mantel
2. another word for mantel
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Mantelpiece

The fittings and decorative elements of a mantel, including a cornice and shelf carried above the fireplace.
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mantelpiece

1. The fittings and decorative elements of a mantel above a fireplace.
2. A shelf above a mantel; often called a mantelshelf.
3. The construction that serves as a support for the masonry above a fireplace.
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Mantlepieces used to be cluttered with clocks and ornaments but, nowadays, it's stylish to dress them with one or two objects.
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