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
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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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