Part of speech: noun
Origin: Scottish, late 18th century
A space on either side of a large fireplace.
Examples of Inglenook in a sentence
"The central feature of the living room was the inglenook."
"Some historical homes have inglenook fireplaces tucked under a grand staircase."
Popularity Over Time
This word originates from “ingle,” perhaps from the Scottish Gaelic “aingeal” meaning “light, fire,” Irish aingeal “live ember.” “Nook” is from Middle English and refers to a “corner or fragment.”
Did you Know?
Inglenooks originated as a partially enclosed hearth area that was part of a larger room. The hearth was used to cook food, and the alcove became a natural gathering place to seek warmth. American architects like Henry Hobson Richardson and Frank Lloyd Wright often incorporated inglenooks into their designs.