1. [ noun ] an open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire can be built
Synonyms: fireplace open_fireplace

"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"

Related terms: recess fire chimney mantel hearthstone water_back fire_iron
2. [ noun ] (housing) home symbolized as a part of the fireplace (synecdoche)
Synonyms: fireside

"driven from hearth and home" "fighting in defense of their firesides"

Related terms: dwelling fireplace synecdoche
3. [ noun ] an area near a fireplace (usually paved and extending out into a room)
Synonyms: fireside

"they sat on the hearth and warmed themselves before the fire"

Related terms: area
Similar spelling:   Heart