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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
First recorded in 1275-1325, hearthstone is from the Middle English word hertston. See hearth, stone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They found her afterwards by her own hearthstone, thrust through by a Frenchman's bill.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • She might have been stone deaf, and as dumb as the hearthstone bricks.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • Cold was the hearthstone now, and the place was forsaken and empty.

    Poems William D. Howells
  • Her father, who had been on the sea all night, dozed in his big chair on the hearthstone.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • No more than I'd say it was squatting to sit down on my own hearthstone.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • She fell on the hearthstone beside the red berries and the red leaves.

  • The Christian hearthstone is the only corner-stone for a republic.

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • Children were torn from their mother's breast to be brained on the hearthstone.

  • It is not in the hearthstone, but in that tall tree that lies the secret of my strength.'

  • Up to that time he had been reasonably sure of the integrity of his hearthstone.

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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