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[hahrth-stohn] /ˈhɑrθˌstoʊn/
a stone forming a hearth.
home; fireside; hearth.
a soft stone, or a preparation of powdered stone and clay, used to whiten or scour hearths, steps, floors, etc.
Origin of hearthstone
1275-1325; Middle English hertston. See hearth, stone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The host had room for friendships in his heart, and room at his hearthstone.

    A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed. William Chauncey Bartlett
  • It is not in the hearthstone, but in that tall tree that lies the secret of my strength.'

  • Then some day we'll settle down beneath one roof--we'll have a hearthstone.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • It endows the bleak mountainside with comfort, makes the ledge a hearthstone.

    The Forester's Daughter Hamlin Garland
  • But she had done that; she had reared a child, and of the wet wood of poverty she had made a bright fire on her hearthstone.

    The Judge Rebecca West
  • They found her afterwards by her own hearthstone, thrust through by a Frenchman's bill.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I cannot tell you of the joy and thanksgiving that went up from that hearthstone that night.

  • She might have been stone deaf, and as dumb as the hearthstone bricks.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • Jupiter and Neptune sweep the heavens not more unfamiliar to us than the worlds that circle our own hearthstone.

  • She fell on the hearthstone beside the red berries and the red leaves.

British Dictionary definitions for hearthstone


a stone that forms a hearth
a less common word for hearth (sense 1)
soft stone used to clean and whiten floors, steps, etc
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