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Definition of hearth

1a : 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
2 : home longed for the comforts of hearth and home
3 : a vital or creative center the central hearth of occidental civilization— A. L. Kroeber

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Examples of hearth in a Sentence

They swept the ashes from the hearth. all were welcome, friends and strangers alike, to their humble hearth
Recent Examples on the Web And by the light of the fire in his hearth, Dickens somberly watched the gaunt procession of the ghosts of his own Christmas past and present and that yet to come, haunted by his own time of poverty, his humiliations and yearnings. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Dickens’ ‘Carol’ is a highlight of Christmases past and present," 25 Dec. 2020 The limewashed brick hearth at 6444 Mimosa Lane in Preston Hollow is one of four fireplaces to enjoy at this home, listed by Clarke Landry. Dallas News, "Curl up next to the fireplace in your new home," 20 Dec. 2020 In 2016, archaeologists excavating sections of a southern Virginia interstate unearthed dinnerware and a brick hearth at a Civil War encampment called Redoubt 9. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Suspected ‘Witch Bottle’ Full of Nails Found in Virginia," 27 Jan. 2020 For the magazine’s latest cover—and for these short, dark days—David Hockney offers the traditional comfort of a hearth. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, "David Hockney’s “Hearth”," 14 Dec. 2020 To fire-roast chestnuts, score the flat part of the nut with an X and then set at the edge of a burning hearth. Star Tribune, "Chestnuts roasted by an open fire are a toasty winter treat," 9 Dec. 2020 In Dallas only, the chefs will make Pollo Intero, a dish that serves two people: three-day brined chicken that gets steamed, smoked and scorched on the hearth. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Inside Texas’ first Eataly: 3 restaurants serving pizza, pasta and grilled meat in Dallas," 7 Dec. 2020 The ads even suggested that instead of a glass of milk or cream sherry, Father Christmas might appreciate a bottle of Coke left on the hearth. Matthew Sweet, The Economist, "The secret economics of Christmas adverts, unwrapped," 4 Dec. 2020 If your hearth needs a little trimming, twisted garlands of eucalyptus, berries and fir are also just a click away. New York Times, "The T List: Holiday Gift Guide, Part II," 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of hearth

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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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The first known use of hearth was before the 12th century

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31 Dec 2020

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“Hearth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hearth. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce hearth (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hearth

: the floor in front of or inside a fireplace


\ ˈhärth How to pronounce hearth (audio) \

Kids Definition of hearth

1 : an area (as of brick) in front of a fireplace
2 : the floor of a fireplace

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