in·​gle·​nook ˈiŋ-gəl-ˌnu̇k How to pronounce inglenook (audio)
: a nook by a large open fireplace
also : a bench or settle occupying this nook

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On a small square table near the fireplace inglenook is a black lacquered tray with glass and crystal candlesticks in different shapes and sizes found at thrift shops and garage sales. oregonlive, 9 Dec. 2022 Among its most charming features are a working bread oven and an inglenook fireplace. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 21 Sep. 2022 The inglenook, topped with a ribbed indoor/outdoor chenille cushion, is the daughter’s favorite spot to curl up with her laptop., 26 Mar. 2021 Wingback chairs are set in front of the fireplace inglenook outlined in heavy half-timbering and textured bricks. oregonlive, 18 Dec. 2019 An inglenook, or lounge area around a fireplace, offers storage space underneath the bench., 12 Dec. 2017 The house is a heritage building with exposed beams, inglenook fireplaces in several rooms, flagstone floors on the ground floor and wide ancient floorboards above. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, 14 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1772, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inglenook was in 1772

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“Inglenook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


in·​gle·​nook ˈiŋ-(g)əl-ˌnu̇k How to pronounce inglenook (audio)
: a corner by the fire or chimney

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