Definition of hearth in English:


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Pronunciation: /hɑːθ


  • 1The floor of a fireplace: a cheerful fire burning in the hearth
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    • Everything in sight was painted - tiled fireplaces and hearths, walls and floors, stairs and rails, and even the kitchen sink!
    • Slate is quarried stone used for fireplaces, hearths, and floors in the home.
    • This metamorphic rock works equally well for floors, hearths and fireplaces, backsplashes, counters, and patios.
  • 1.1The area in front of a fireplace: they were sitting around the hearth
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    • When I got the pictures back, Grandpa was sitting on the hearth in front of the fireplace.
    • Inside of the cave, there were leaves and a fireplace, with a large mat in front of the hearth for sleeping.
    • Smaller area and scatter rugs can be ideal for adorning smaller spaces - a hearth, a bedside, the area in front of a kitchen sink - with a splash of color and warmth.
  • 1.2Used as a symbol of one’s home: he left hearth and home to train in Denmark
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    • In history, Vesta was the protector of the hearth and home.
    • The stage is set, and it is so small; it is the hearth and home.
    • Only when these are dealt with satisfactorily does the mini-micro world of the hearth and home get a mention.
  • 2The base or lower part of a furnace, where molten metal collects.
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    • A reverberating furnace with two hearths heated a roaster to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit to calcine the ore.
    • Externally they are plain, internally they are complex with the curves of furnace and hearths and an impressive wooden gantry.
    • Modern excavations at Giza have found remnants of copper and even the hearths or kilns used to process the metal into tools.


Old English heorth, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch haard and German Herd.

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