\ 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

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 on the Web This 100% live-fire restaurant, where everything is cooked over a wood-burning hearth, promises an indulgent, ambitious meal. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Sep. 2021 Its visual highlights include a propane-burning fireplace with a marble surround and hearth, and two alcoves set off by columns. James Alexander, Hartford Courant, 19 June 2022 There are thousands of Pleistocene sites across Australia littered with eggshell fragments, some of which show evidence of having been cooked and discarded around a hearth, according to the authors. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 27 May 2022 Cut around the hearth is a leopard-print rug that Mr. Carroll wanted to be as large as possible so as not to restrain the eye. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, 20 May 2022 Like many of the mains, desserts also make their way through the hearth. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 23 May 2022 People would become both more certain of their individual uniqueness and worth and more like one another, more generic, and from the hearth to the battlefield this new kind of person would do things in new ways. Jedediah Britton-purdy, The New Republic, 22 Apr. 2022 Kyle Knall, who has been the chef for about a year at the open-hearth restaurant Birch, 459 E. Pleasant St., now is officially the owner. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 May 2022 He was charmed by its ornate mantel and tiled hearth. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 16 May 2022 See More

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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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“Hearth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hearth. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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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