Definition of hearth
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 : home longed for the comforts of hearth and home
3 : a vital or creative center the central hearth of occidental civilization — A. L. Kroeber
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 of hearth from the Web
The chef cooks a mix of meats over an open hearth on a deck overlooking city and sea.
Perhaps a dozen sets of shed antlers rest on the hearth.
The concept features the familiar assembly-line setup, similar to Chipotle, where diners go down the line, choose a crust, sauce and toppings for their pizza, which is then shoved into a huge stone-hearth oven for three minutes.
The snug kitchen is open to the restaurant, allowing diners to admire the wood burning oven, grill and hearth.
Kubaneh, a Jewish Yemeni bread, was traditionally cooked overnight on a Friday, low and slow in the residual heat of the hearth, ready for Shabbat breakfast the next day.
Built in 1977 and recently updated, the home features an open floor plan, oak wood flooring and a concrete hearth and fireplace in the living room.
There's always a tension between the tug of the hearth,and a desire to break away and grasp the broad expanses of the continent.
The temperature of the hearth at The Dabney is not warm.
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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
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
HEARTH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hearth for English Language Learners
: the floor in front of or inside a fireplace
HEARTH Defined for Kids
Definition of hearth for Students
1 : an area (as of brick) in front of a fireplace
2 : the floor of a fireplace
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