Etymology
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hearth (n.)

Old English heorð "hearth, fireplace, part of a floor on which a fire is made," also in transferred use "house, home, fireside," from Proto-Germanic *hertha- "burning place" (source also of Old Saxon and Old Frisian herth, Middle Dutch hert, Dutch haard, German Herd "floor, ground, fireplace"), from PIE *kerta-, from root *ker- (3) "heat, fire." Hearth-rug is from 1824. Hearth-stone is from early 14c.

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Definitions of hearth

hearth (n.)
an open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire can be built;
the hearth was black with the charcoal of many fires
he laid a fire in the hearth and lit it
Synonyms: fireplace / open fireplace
hearth (n.)
home symbolized as a part of the fireplace;
driven from hearth and home
Synonyms: fireside
hearth (n.)
an area near a fireplace (usually paved and extending out into a room);
they sat on the hearth and warmed themselves before the fire
Synonyms: fireside
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