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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ She sat down in a chair by the hearth.
▪ She was as tall as Nigel, and now folded herself gracefully into a low chair by the hearth.
▪ Then they all gathered before a small fire on the kitchen hearth.
▪ There was a fire in the hearth and sandwiches on the sideboard.
▪ To be a Vestal Virgin meant both to be a guardian of the hearth and to be absolutely pure.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hearth \Hearth\ (h[aum]rth), n. [OE. harthe, herth, herthe, AS. heor[eth]; akin to D. haard, heerd, Sw. h["a]rd, G. herd; cf. Goth. ha['u]ri a coal, Icel. hyrr embers, and L. cremare to burn.]

  1. The pavement or floor of brick, stone, or metal in a chimney, on which a fire is made; the floor of a fireplace; also, a corresponding part of a stove.

    There was a fire on the hearth burning before him.
    --Jer. xxxvi. 2

  2. Where fires thou find'st unraked and hearths unswept. There pinch the maids as blue as bilberry.

    2. The house itself, as the abode of comfort to its inmates and of hospitality to strangers; fireside.

    Household talk and phrases of the hearth.

  3. (Metal. & Manuf.) The floor of a furnace, on which the material to be heated lies, or the lowest part of a melting furnace, into which the melted material settles; as, an open-hearth smelting furnace.

    Hearth ends (Metal.), fragments of lead ore ejected from the furnace by the blast.

    Hearth money, Hearth penny [AS. heor[eth]pening], a tax formerly laid in England on hearths, each hearth (in all houses paying the church and poor rates) being taxed at two shillings; -- called also chimney money, etc.

    He had been importuned by the common people to relieve them from the . . . burden of the hearth money.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English heorð "hearth, fire," in transferred use "house, home," from West Germanic *hertho "burning place" (cognates: 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).


n. 1 A brick, stone or cement floor to a fireplace or oven. 2 An open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire may be built. 3 The lowest part of a metallurgical furnace. 4 A symbol for home or family life. 5 (lb en paganism) A household or group following the modern pagan faith of Heathenry.

  1. n. an open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire can be built; "the fireplace was so large you could walk inside it"; "he laid a fire in the hearth and lit it"; "the hearth was black with the charcoal of many fires" [syn: fireplace, open fireplace]

  2. home symbolized as a part of the fireplace; "driven from hearth and home"; "fighting in defense of their firesides" [syn: fireside]

  3. an area near a fireplace (usually paved and extending out into a room); "they sat on the hearth and warmed themselves before the fire" [syn: fireside]


In historic and modern usage, a hearth is a brick- or stone-lined fireplace, with or without an oven, used for heating and originally also used for cooking food. For centuries, the hearth was such an integral part of a home, usually its central and most important feature, that the concept has been generalized to refer to a homeplace or household, as in the terms "hearth and home" and "keep the home fires burning".

In a medieval hall, the hearth commonly stood in the middle of the hall, with the smoke rising through the room to a smoke hole in the roof. Later, such hearths were moved to the side of the room and provided with a chimney. In fireplace design, the hearth is the part of the fireplace where the fire burns, usually consisting of masonry at floor level or higher, underneath the fireplace mantel.

Usage examples of "hearth".

I sat by her, and she leaned back beside me, eminently available, looking soft and sexy and smelling just great, her eyes sparkling invitingly in the glow of the flames aflicker in the hearth.

Several humans and aliens fussed around on tables next to the hearth, preparing a meal.

Peat fires burned on raised stone hearths, creating a permanent haze, for like the hearth at Appleton, they were vented only through holes in the roof.

A brightly burning fire on the hearth gave off the scent of applewood and added to the atmosphere of light and warmth.

The woman, she noticed this, and she went to the cupboard and got a piece of warm ashcake and put it down on the hearth.

The woman, she notice this, and she went to the cupboard and got a piece of warm ashcake and put it down on the hearth.

Great significance is given in the Indian mythology to Agni, the god of fire, who burns the sacrifice in honor of the gods, who conveys the offerings and prayers of men to gods and their gifts to men, who gladdens the domestic hearth, lights up the darkness of night, drives away the evil spirits, the Ashuras and Rakshas, and purges of evil the souls of men.

Ayla was sewing the finishing beadwork onto the white leather tunic when she heard a commotion from the Fox Hearth.

Tramps or ex-soldiers passing through town had scattered trash through the rooms and built unconfined cook fires on the hearths, blackening the walls and scorching the ceilings.

She pointed to a brown leather chair to the side of an open fire which had a hob in front of it and an oven to the side, both brightly blackleaded, the hearth in front being whitewashed and framed by a brass fender.

A kitchen-rag stirred on its nail by the hearth, and the skin of his bodhran thrummed faintly as the draft passed by.

Alasdair paced back and forth before the hearth, the sound of his bootheels harsh on the marble floor.

Old work clothes, my writing tools, my bootjack, and other clutter and possessions burned in the hearth.

There was an iron spider, a sort of Dutch oven on legs, rusting at the side of the hearth, and after cleaning it and smearing it with butterfat, Kady set the biscuits to bake in the coals.

The Crane Hearth once had a high status, and there had been people in other Camps who had been willing to sponsor them, but there had always been dissenters, and there could be no dissenters.