Definition of hearth noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//hɑːθ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɑːrθ//
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  1. 1the floor at the bottom of a fireplace (= the space for a fire in the wall of a room); the area in front of this A log fire roared in the open hearth. The cat dozed in its favourite spot on the hearth.
  2. 2(literary) home and family life a longing for hearth and home
  3. Word OriginOld English heorth, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch haard and German Herd.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hearth