hearth

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noun \ˈhärth\

Definition of hearth

  1. 1a :  a brick, stone, or concrete area in front of a fireplaceb :  the floor of a fireplace; also :  fireplacec :  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

  2. 2 :  home longed for the comforts of hearth and home

  3. 3 :  a vital or creative center the central hearth of occidental civilization — A. L. Kroeber

Examples of hearth in a Sentence

  1. They swept the ashes from the hearth.

  2. all were welcome, friends and strangers alike, to their humble hearth

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Origin and Etymology of hearth

Middle English herth, from Old English heorth; akin to Old High German herd hearth, and probably to Sanskrit kūḍayāti he scorches

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HEARTH Defined for English Language Learners

hearth

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Definition of hearth for English Language Learners

  • : the floor in front of or inside a fireplace


HEARTH Defined for Kids

hearth

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noun \ˈhärth\

Definition of hearth for Students

  1. 1 :  an area (as of brick) in front of a fireplace

  2. 2 :  the floor of a fireplace



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