inglenook

[ing-guhl-nook]
noun
a corner or nook near a fireplace; chimney corner.

Origin:
1765–75; ingle + nook

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inglenook (ˈɪŋɡəlˌnʊk)
 
n
(Brit) a corner by a fireplace; chimney corner

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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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Example sentences
The den contains an inglenook fireplace with flanking benches.
The focal point of the hall is an inglenook fireplace.
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