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[hahrth] /hɑrθ/
the floor of a fireplace, usually of stone, brick, etc., often extending a short distance into a room.
home; fireside:
the joys of family and hearth.
  1. the lower part of a blast furnace, cupola, etc., in which the molten metal collects and from which it is tapped out.
  2. the part of an open hearth, reverberatory furnace, etc., upon which the charge is placed and melted down or refined.
a brazier or chafing dish for burning charcoal.
Origin of hearth
before 900; Middle English herth(e), Old English he(o)rth; cognate with German Herd, Dutch haard
Related forms
hearthless, adjective
multihearth, noun
2. household, abode, house. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hearth
  • Restaurant chefs looking for the next wave of culinary inspiration embraced the food of the home and hearth.
  • It's holiday time, when networks trot out their old chestnuts and new specials to warm home, hearth and hearts.
  • Two windows flank each side of the fireplace with a gray hearth.
  • In most brick ovens, a wood fire is built directly on the hearth floor.
  • Scented candles, images of spiritual leaders and a bowl of rose petals line the hearth.
  • The artist contrasts the warm, earthy hues of the fox's hearth with the shimmering tones of the winter wonderland outside.
  • He squatted at the hearth and went back to roasting his corn .
  • And at night she laid him on the hearth, amongst the embers, with the fire all around him.
  • Your pet might look for a warm resting place, so keep a fire screen around a fireplace hearth and a wood-burning stove.
  • The kitchen has an eating area and a wood-burning stove in the brick hearth.
British Dictionary definitions for hearth


  1. the floor of a fireplace, esp one that extends outwards into the room
  2. (as modifier): hearth rug
this part of a fireplace as a symbol of the home, etc
the bottom part of a metallurgical furnace in which the molten metal is produced or contained
Word Origin
Old English heorth; related to Old High German herd hearth, Latin carbō charcoal
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Word Origin and History for hearth

Old English heorð "hearth, fire," in transferred use "house, home," from West Germanic *hertho "burning place" (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian herth, Middle Dutch hert, Dutch haard, German Herd "floor, ground, fireplace"), from PIE *kerta-, from root *ker- "heat, fire" (see carbon).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hearth in the Bible

Heb. ah (Jer. 36:22, 23; R.V., "brazier"), meaning a large pot like a brazier, a portable furnace in which fire was kept in the king's winter apartment. Heb. kiyor (Zech. 12:6; R.V., "pan"), a fire-pan. Heb. moqed (Ps. 102:3; R.V., "fire-brand"), properly a fagot. Heb. yaqud (Isa. 30:14), a burning mass on a hearth.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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