hearth

noun \ ˈhärth \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of hearth

1 a : 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

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

noun

Definition of hearth for English Language Learners

  • : the floor in front of or inside a fireplace


HEARTH Defined for Kids

hearth

noun \ ˈhärth \

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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