The definition of a hearth is a fireplace or the area in front of or surrounding a fireplace.(noun)
A fireplace and its surrounding area is an example of a hearth.
See hearth in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME herth < OE heorth, akin to Ger herd < IE base *ker-, to burn, glow > L carbo, coal, Lith kárštas, hot
See hearth in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English herth
Origin: , from Old English heorth; see ker-3 in Indo-European roots.
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