\ 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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Crucial to their discovery were the remnants of hearths, which provided charcoal that could be dated to between 47,000 and 31,000 years ago, according to Zimmer. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Uncover Evidence of an Ancient High-Altitude Human Dwelling," 10 Aug. 2019 The kitchen island is the new hearth, as the kitchen long ago replaced the living room as the center of the home. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "The Big Little Lie of the TV kitchen island," 1 Aug. 2019 His object of focus is a palm-sized banana pancake — flavored with ripe banana but also other banana iterations, including a powder made by drying the fruit above the blazes in the kitchen’s massive hearth. Los Angeles Times, "Hidden in the Beverly Center lies a mysterious luxury seafood restaurant. Is it worth the hunt?," 12 Sep. 2019 The vestal virgins, who maintained the sacred fire of Vesta, the goddess of hearth and home, were the Beyhive of their day. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Superfans: A Love Story," 9 Sep. 2019 With only a handful of suites, Wara is nonetheless spacious and rambling, turned inward to intimate courtyards and cool jazz soundtracks; to cozy hearths, deep sofas, and crackling fires. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "From Buenos Aires to the Chilean Coast: A Road Trip Across South America," 22 Aug. 2019 These films are about bad people trying to conquer the planet and, for the good people, the importance of home, hearth and a place to store automatic weapons. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Hobbs & Shaw’ review: The most violent episode of ‘Family Ties’ imaginable," 31 July 2019 The team also found a hearth and pits dug by the site’s ancient residents, containing stone artifacts and animal bones. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "First people in the Americas came by sea, ancient tools unearthed by Idaho river suggest," 29 Aug. 2019 In fact, Fincha Havera was repeatedly populated by humans; the team’s analysis shows that around 10,000 years ago, a second group moved into the site, increasingly using it as a hearth. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Uncover Evidence of an Ancient High-Altitude Human Dwelling," 10 Aug. 2019

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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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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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