[ing-guh l]

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ingle

Historical Examples of ingle

  • 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.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

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

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for ingle



archaic, or dialect a fire in a room or a fireplace

Word Origin for ingle

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.

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