Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A nook or corner beside an open fireplace.
  • n. A bench, especially either of two facing benches, placed in a nook or corner beside a fireplace.

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  • n. A corner or nook beside an open fireplace.
  • n. A bench or seat placed in a fireplace inglenook.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a corner by a fireplace

Etymologies

ingle + nook.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
ingle + nook. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • • The living room inglenook was recreated by the previous owners using old photographs and distinguishing marks on the floor and fireplace.

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  • Finally he lit his pipe, and sitting in the inglenook of the old village inn he talked slowly and at random about his case, rather as one who thinks aloud than as one who makes a considered statement.

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  • A new inglenook replaced one that had been torn out.

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  • A very wide fireplace would be the focal point of one wall, almost like an inglenook in Arts and Crafts homes.

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  • That's me chilling at the inglenook in the red glow of the room ....

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  • Inside, he found the same scuffed flagstones on the floor, the inglenook fireplace and the high-backed wooden pews, blackened by the wood smoke of so many winter nights.

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  • She walked towards the fire blazing in the inglenook.

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  • Anguish has driven her from the inglenook of home to the white-shrouded and icy hills.

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  • He still held Owyn's hand in a firm clasp; he used that now to draw Owyn forward and to one of the two inglenook seats at the hearth.

    Brightly Burning

  • There was a sudden gurgling, clicking noise from the inglenook, emerging from what I had thought to be a pile of blankets draped across a chair to dry near the heat.

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  • Lovely! I always thought it was a brand of wine! ;)

    January 28, 2009

  • 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.

    inglenook. (2009). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved January 27, 2009, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online.

    January 28, 2009