\ˈhärth \

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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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 At Hasiba, Amsalam and Phaneuf will serve pita made in a Wood Stone hearth oven, shakshuka and repeating bowls of hummus. Jenn Harris, latimes.com, "In the mood for tacos and fine wine? Details on this weekend's Baja Market L.A. festival," 26 June 2018 California food and cuisine inform Wu-Bower’s vision; what helps him execute that vision are twin wood-burning hearth ovens, visible from the dining room, which produce one delight after another. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Anticipation for Pacific Standard Time pays off with wood-fired excellence," 15 June 2018 Walls of glass and sliders further the indoor-outdoor connection, while stone walls, a long integrated sofa and massive hearth cozy up the room. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Gorgeous Frank Lloyd Wright home wants $3.4M in Minneapolis," 31 May 2018 By the turn of the century, the Siemens-Martin process, also known as the open hearth process, had caught on all over the world. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Around back are a small kitchen, a full bath, and a keeping room with an enormous stone hearth. Jon Gorey, BostonGlobe.com, "For sale: Homes built centuries apart in Upton," 22 June 2018 Women and children nearest the hearth paid the greatest price. Sara Morrison, USA TODAY, "In developing world, an expensive push to reduce cooking fire deaths falls short," 13 July 2018 But finding evidence of the earliest regular use of fire is fraught with difficulty, as identifying ancient hearths is not always straightforward. Andrew C. Scott, Time, "When Did Humans Discover Fire? The Answer Depends on What You Mean By 'Discover'," 1 June 2018

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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


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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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