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ingle

Syllabification: in·gle
Pronunciation: /ˈiNGɡəl
 
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Definition of ingle in English:

noun

chiefly dialect
1A domestic fire or fireplace.
Example sentences
  • The fashionable gallant pampered himself by indulging in ‘high fare, soft lodging, fine clothes,’ as well as by keeping a ‘mistress abroad and an ingle at home.’
1.1An inglenook.
Example sentences
  • The kitchen reveals an old ingle fireplace and dining table with plates and cutlery while a wooden staircase leads to the main bedroom.
  • The centerpiece of the kitchen is an ingle fireplace, the only source of cooking.

Origin

early 16th century (originally Scots): perhaps from Scottish Gaelic aingeal 'light, fire', Irish aingeal 'live ember'.

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