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[lin-tl] /ˈlɪn tl/
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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Examples from the web for lintels
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for lintels


a horizontal beam, as over a door or window
Word Origin
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 and History for lintels



early 14c., from Old French lintel "threshold" (13c., Modern French linteau), of uncertain origin, probably a variant of lintier, from Vulgar Latin *limitaris "threshold," from Latin limitaris (adj.) "that is on the border," from limes (genitive limitis) "border, boundary" (see limit (n.)). Altered by influence of Latin limen "threshold."

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lintels in the Bible

(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.).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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