Definition of shingle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈʃɪŋɡl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɪŋɡl//
    Coastlines and the sea
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  1. 1[uncountable] a mass of small smooth stones on a beach or at the side of a river a shingle beach See related entries: Coastlines and the sea
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a small flat piece of wood that is used to cover a wall or roof of a building
  3. 3[countable] (North American English) a board with a sign on it, in front of a doctor’s or lawyer’s office He hung out his own shingle (= started a business as a doctor or lawyer).
  4. Word Originsense 1 late Middle English: of unknown origin.senses 2 to 3 Middle English (as a noun): apparently from Latin scindula, earlier scandula ‘a split piece of wood’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shingle