\ 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

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The angle-iron penning in the brick hearth was sold and cut by Mark & Son Metal Products in Bedford Hills, New York, for $32. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How To Live Off the Grid," 10 June 2019 Anything that can have Americans gathering around the flat-screen hearth at more or less the same time for a totally positive reason is a wonderful thing. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Why James Holzhauer’s long ‘Jeopardy!’ winning streak lost me," 6 June 2019 The centerpiece of the home is the sunburst-style stone hearth that anchors the living room, while French doors open up to a flagstone patio and sprawling beachfront lawn. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Historic 1948 ‘hobbit house’ with lake views asks $2.75M," 23 July 2018 Changes already under way include bread for the dining room's tables, baked in the kitchen's stone-hearth oven, and a progressive happy-hour discount. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Meraki making changes, with a bar burger, service industry night and half-size entrees," 22 May 2018 The mansion has 4½ baths, a three-story turret with a slate roof, five fireplaces, skylights on the third floor, leaded-glass windows, original tile hearths and an eat-in kitchen with Viking, Thermador and Sub-Zero appliances. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Walter Jacobson's former Lincoln Park mansion goes on market for $2.65 million," 2 Apr. 2018 The brand has taken it upon itself to create an idyllic holiday hearth to share with all who might be missing one around Christmastime. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Anthropologie Created a Holiday Yule Log Video for Your Viewing Pleasure," 18 Dec. 2018 In the old Spanish tradition, hearth cooking is optimal because foods can cook at the lowest heat, gently warmed by the embers. Grace Young, ELLE Decor, "Spanish Culinary Ambassador," 5 July 2012 The Charter Oak Brunch family-style at this new spot in a historic building, where the open-hearth cooking is modern and hyper-seasonal. Merritt Watts, WSJ, "An Insider’s Guide to Napa Valley—100% Cliche-Free," 3 Oct. 2018

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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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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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