- Obs. a mold for casting metal into a bar
- a mass of metal cast into a bar or other convenient shape
Origin of ingotMiddle English from Middle French lingot (with faulty separation of l-, as if l', for le, the) from OFr, probably from lingo, variant, variety of lengo, tongue ( from Classical Latin lingua: see language): from the elongated form
- A mass of metal, such as a bar or block, that is cast in a standard shape for convenient storage or shipment.
- A casting mold for metal.
Origin of ingotMiddle English mold for casting metal perhaps from in- in ; see in- 2. Old English goten past participle of geotan to pour or perhaps from Old French lingot metal ingot ( (reinterpreted as l'ingot ) ( le the ) ( ingot ingot) ) ( from Old Provençal) ( from lenga tongue (in reference to the elongated shape of medieval ingots) ) ( from Latin lingua ; see language . )
From Middle English ingot (“something poured in”), from Old English *ingot, ingyte (“a pouring in, infusion, inspiration”), from Proto-Germanic *in (“in”) + *gutaz, *gutiz (“gush, flow”), from Proto-Germanic *geutaną (“to flow, pour”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰew- (“to pour”), equivalent to in- + gote or in- + yote. Cognate with German Einguss (“in-pouring, sprue”), Swedish ingjut (“in-pouring”), Dutch ingieten (“to pour in”), Scots gote (“drain, ditch, gutter”), Swedish göt (“ingot”). More at gote, goit, yote.
Alternative etymology derives Middle English ingot from ingoten (“poured in”), from Old English ingoten, past participle of inġēotan (“to pour in, fill”), from the same Proto-Germanic base as above.
ingot - Investment & Finance Definition
A bar of metal, such as gold. Gold is often stored in ingots.