hearth

noun

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 civilizationA. 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
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Word History

Etymology

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 the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of hearth was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Hearth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hearth. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

hearth

noun
1
a
: the area in front of a fireplace
b
: the floor of a fireplace
c
: the lowest section of a blast furnace
2

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