\ 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 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 Today, forty-one years and a significant expansion later, La Tupina is still centered on that same hearth. Molly Wizenberg, Town & Country, "Vintage Bordeaux," 14 Jan. 2013 Encourage guests to gather ‘round the hearth for a bit of healthy competition. ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 2018 The grill’s large, open hearth is behind a butcher-block counter that runs the length of the dining room, which has been dressed down to suit the casual concept. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Central Smoke’s Asian-accented, down-home barbecue adds fire and spice to chilly nights," 25 Oct. 2018 And the fireplace is an ode to the Lyford Cay Club in the Bahamas, where there's a little bar by the waterfront with a hearth just like this one. Lisa Cregan, House Beautiful, "Mimi McMakin and Ashley Sharpe on Decorating a Whimsical Palm Beach House," 1 Dec. 2014

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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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