hearth

noun
\ ˈhärth How to pronounce hearth (audio) \

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 Historian Leni Sorensen hovers over a kitchen hearth at Monticello, the Virginia plantation built by Thomas Jefferson. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 Gamma rays are more like light from a glowing hearth. Sam Mcneil, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 To make it from this barren shore to his family hearth, Odysseus needs to risk his life at sea again. The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 May 2021 To make it from this barren shore to his family hearth, Odysseus needs to risk his life at sea again. The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 May 2021 This will take a skilled carpenter to cut the wood flooring and subflooring back to install a code-compliant fireproof hearth. BostonGlobe.com, 18 Apr. 2021 To make it from this barren shore to his family hearth, Odysseus needs to risk his life at sea again. The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 May 2021 Nearly everything on the menu is cooked in the hearth. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 5 May 2021 To make it from this barren shore to his family hearth, Odysseus needs to risk his life at sea again. Joel Christensen, The Conversation, 22 Apr. 2021

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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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Last Updated

11 Jun 2021

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“Hearth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hearth. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for hearth

hearth

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hearth

: the floor in front of or inside a fireplace

hearth

noun
\ 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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