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
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Related Words for hearthstone

fireplace, grate, fireside

Examples from the Web for hearthstone

Historical Examples of hearthstone

  • 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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for hearthstone



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