One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A domestic fire or fireplace.
- ‘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.’’
- 1.1 An inglenook.
nook, cranny, niche, recess, bay, booth, alcoveView synonyms
- ‘The centerpiece of the kitchen is an ingle fireplace, the only source of cooking.’
- ‘The kitchen reveals an old ingle fireplace and dining table with plates and cutlery while a wooden staircase leads to the main bedroom.’
Early 16th century (originally Scots): perhaps from Scottish Gaelic aingeal ‘light, fire’, Irish aingeal ‘live ember’.
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