a horizontal architectural member supporting the weight above an opening, as a window or a door.
Also, British, lintol.

1350–1400; Middle English lyntel < Middle French lintel, dissimilated variant of *linter < Latin līmitāris orig., belonging to or indicating a boundary; later taken as synonym of līmināris orig., of the threshold. See limit, -ar1 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
lintel (ˈlɪntəl)
a horizontal beam, as over a door or window
[C14: via Old French probably from Late Latin līmitāris (unattested) of the boundary, influenced in meaning by līminaris of the threshold]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from O.Fr. lintel "threshold," probably from V.L. *limitaris "threshold," from L. limitaris (adj.) "that is on the border," from limes (gen. limitis) "border, boundary" (see limit). Altered by influence of Latin limen "threshold."
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Bible Dictionary

Lintel definition

(1.) Heb. mashkoph, a projecting cover (Ex. 12:22, 23; ver. 7, "upper door post," but R.V. "lintel"); the head-piece of a door, which the Israelites were commanded to mark with the blood of the paschal lamb. (2.) Heb. kaphtar. Amos 9:1; Zeph. 2:14 (R.V. correctly "chapiters," as in A.V. marg.).

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Example sentences
Another group is distinguished by having monolithic lintels for the doorways.
Where size of lintels is not shown, provide the sizes specified.
The lintels on the first floor are single row header coursed brick, and there are no visible lintels on the second floor.
The top plate may be omitted over lintels that are similarly tied to adjacent wall sections with steel plates.
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