Definition of lintel in English:



  • A horizontal support of timber, stone, concrete, or steel across the top of a door or window.

    • ‘It bears all the hallmarks of a Post-Modernist interpretation of a historical facade, with architraves and lintels in cast aluminium.’
    • ‘The next horizontal layer has occasional punched window openings with expressed timber lintels.’
    • ‘Precast copings, window lintels, and string courses have a terra-cotta color, without exposed aggregate.’
    • ‘The handsome edifice has such Federal style adornments as stone lintels over the windows and a cornice with mutules and cable molding.’
    • ‘Sills and lintels of windows and doors, and capitals and bases of columns, were carved from local stone.’
    • ‘The snow-covered window frames and door lintels added a fairyland flavour to the solemn church.’
    • ‘Getting the house back to its original shape meant removing carpets, relaying floors, replacing joists, ceilings and lintels, injecting walls and replacing 70 window casings in all.’
    • ‘The masonry walls have diagonal cracks extending up from the ends of the steel lintels over the windows.’
    • ‘Opposite the kitchen is a server, created from several long building lintels, supported by two brick waist-high walls.’
    • ‘The larger stones observed at the site are used as lintels over doorways or windows.’
    • ‘A structural report recommended that all internal partitions, floors, stairs, and all timber lintels in external walls be removed.’
    • ‘Once home to the laird's livestock, the vault now houses a laundry room, albeit one with flagstone floors and low stone lintels.’
    • ‘A stone lintel covered the access from the living area to the kitchen.’
    • ‘Stepped cracks that form at the upper corners of windows may also be associated with corrosion of the steel lintels, especially in older buildings.’
    • ‘Its only adornments are the wooden lintels above the windows and entrance door.’
    • ‘They were so big that their heads came up past the lintel of the entranceway door.’
    • ‘Scribes carved hieroglyphs on stone stelae, altars, wooden lintels, and roof beams, or painted them on ceramic vessels and in books made of bark paper.’
    • ‘A temporary wall was installed until repairs could be made to walls, roof, distorted window frames and lintels.’
    • ‘Stone arches can safely, economically and aesthetically replace concrete lintels.’
    • ‘We were able to get everything we wanted, a concrete lintel and mortar mix for the workshop window, a new door-bell, a new yard-broom and, from the bakers, bread, rolls and some delicious custard tarts.’
    joist, purlin, girder, spar, support, strut, stay, brace, scantling, batten, transom, lintel, stringer, balk, board, timber, plank, lath, rafter


Middle English from Old French, based on late Latin liminare, from Latin limen ‘threshold’.