hearth

noun
\ 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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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 They were given a place by the hearth and bowls of butter tea. Ailsa Ross, Longreads, "Mountains, Transcending," 9 Aug. 2019 It was also inhabited a second time and used as a hearth 10,000 years ago. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Humans survived off rodents in the mountains during the last ice age, study says," 8 Aug. 2019 In the rainy months, its interior curves and wood elements create a cozy hearth. Janet Eastman, oregonlive.com, "Celebrating architect Pietro Belluschi’s 120th anniversary: Building tours, book talk and dinner in his home," 8 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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hearth

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hearth

: the floor in front of or inside a fireplace

hearth

noun
\ 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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