Definition of ingle in English:


Pronunciation /ˈiNGɡəl/ /ˈɪŋɡəl/


  • 1dialect A 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. 1.1An inglenook.
      ‘The kitchen reveals an old ingle fireplace and dining table with plates and cutlery while a wooden staircase leads to the main bedroom.’
      • ‘The centerpiece of the kitchen is an ingle fireplace, the only source of cooking.’
      nook, cranny, niche, recess, bay, booth, alcove


Early 16th century (originally Scots): perhaps from Scottish Gaelic aingeal ‘light, fire’, Irish aingeal ‘live ember’.