mantelpiece

A mantelpiece is a frame around a fireplace, or a shelf above it. When families celebrate Christmas, they often hang stockings from the mantelpiece on Christmas Eve.

If you have a fireplace, you probably have a mantelpiece, or a mantel. While some mantelpieces are elaborate and decorative, made of heavy stone like granite or marble, and sometimes extending far up the wall above the fireplace. Others are very simple, made of a plain wooden shelf. The original, medieval mantelpieces were hoods that caught smoke from the fire.

Definitions of mantelpiece
  1. noun
    a shelf that projects from a wall above a fireplace
    synonyms: chimneypiece, mantel, mantle, mantlepiece
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    type of:
    shelf
    a support that consists of a horizontal surface for holding objects
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