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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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  • She is sitting in a big arm-chair and dreamily regards a large picture that is hanging over the hearth.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • At my own table, by my own hearth, I cannot look up into the faces around me, nor say what I am thinking.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • A rapid invocation to the Spirits of the hearth followed, and then the feast began.

  • He rose, took a red peat from the hearth, and pressed it into the bowl of the pipe.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • It was clean, and white as a snow drift, and there was a bright fire blazing on the hearth.

    Christine Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
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).

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