noun \ˈhärth\

: the floor in front of or inside a fireplace

Full Definition of HEARTH

a :  a brick, stone, or concrete area in front of a fireplace
b :  the floor of a fireplace; also :  fireplace
c :  the lowest section of a furnace; especially :  the section of a furnace on which the ore or metal is exposed to the flame or heat
:  home
:  a vital or creative center <the central hearth of occidental civilization — A. L. Kroeber>

Examples of HEARTH

  1. They swept the ashes from the hearth.
  2. <all were welcome, friends and strangers alike, to their humble hearth>

Origin of HEARTH

Middle English herth, from Old English heorth; akin to Old High German herd hearth, and probably to Sanskrit kūḍayāti he scorches
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, lath, transom, wainscot

Rhymes with HEARTH


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