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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
1500-10; < Scots Gaelic aingeal fire Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ingle
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  • Ye are baith a pair o' the deevil's peats, I trow—hard token whilk deserves the hettest corner o' his ingle side.

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

    The Fifth Queen Crowned Ford Madox Ford
  • "We must be ready to rush in if ingle uses him too hard," announced Cornwaleys.

    Sir Christopher Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • Notwithstanding this proclamation ingle escaped in the following manner.

    Captain Richard Ingle Edward Ingle
  • To spite Giles Brent, ingle would have taken much trouble; but his suspicions were not yet set at rest.

    Sir Christopher Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • The authorities of Maryland themselves show why ingle was allowed to escape.

    Captain Richard Ingle Edward Ingle
  • Suddenly there were two very startled people in the company around the ingle nook.

    'As Gold in the Furnace' John E. Copus
  • But the relations between ingle and Cornwallis are rather perplexing.

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

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • Immediately there was a stir among the men seated in the ingle.

    The Mark Of Cain Andrew Lang
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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