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[ing-guh l] /ˈɪŋ gəl/
noun, Chiefly British Dialect.
a fire burning in a hearth.
a fireplace; hearth.
Origin of ingle
First recorded in 1500-10, ingle is from the Scots Gaelic word aingeal fire Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ingle
Historical Examples
  • I took the seat in the ingle which Father Dan occupied on the night of my birth.

  • Meanwhile an encounter of another sort was going on at the ingle.

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  • Then she brought it back and put it in its cradle that stood in the ingle.

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  • And above the ingle was another slab of oak from the same tree.

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  • Notwithstanding this proclamation ingle escaped in the following manner.

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  • The authorities of Maryland themselves show why ingle was allowed to escape.

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  • ingle has been charged with the destruction of the records of the province.

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  • But the relations between ingle and Cornwallis are rather perplexing.

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  • All this was done after Cornwallis had showed his devotion to Parliament, by releasing ingle.

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  • Immediately there was a stir among the men seated in the ingle.

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British Dictionary definitions for ingle


(archaic or dialect) a fire in a room or a fireplace
Word Origin
C16: probably from Scots Gaelic aingeal fire
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Word Origin and History for ingle

"fireplace," c.1500, from Scottish, probably from Gaelic aingeal "fire," of uncertain origin. The vogue for Scottish poetry in late 18c. introduced ingleside, ingle-nook to literary English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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