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[ing-guh l-noo k] /ˈɪŋ gəlˌnʊk/
a corner or nook near a fireplace; chimney corner.
1765-75; ingle + nook Unabridged
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  • The den contains an inglenook fireplace with flanking benches.
  • The focal point of the hall is an inglenook fireplace.
British Dictionary definitions for inglenook


(Brit) a corner by a fireplace; chimney corner
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Encyclopedia Article for inglenook

wooden seat or settle built into the space on either side of the wide fireplaces common in 17th-century English houses and cottages. The word is of Scottish origin, "ingle" meaning a housefire burning on a hearth. This type of built-in furniture fell out of favour upon the introduction of more sophisticated flues, which allowed for a smaller fire-burning area, but it was reintroduced with the revival of cottage-style architecture in the late 19th century, though in this context it was a deliberate reference to an idealized past.

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