from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rug laid on a floor in front of a fireplace.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rug placed in front of a fireplace, on the hearth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a rug spread out in front of a fireplace.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rug used or made to be used in front of a fireplace as a protection for the floor or for a carpet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a rug spread out in front of a fireplace


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  • The hearthrug was a wonderful old Persian thing, all faint greens and pinks.


  • She shook the mats out at the front-door and put them straight; the hearthrug was a rabbit-skin.

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  • And out towards the coal-scuttle was a region near the impassable thickets of the ragged hearthrug where lived certain china Zulus brandishing spears, and a mountain country of rudely piled bricks concealing the most devious and enchanting caves and several mines of gold and silver paper.

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  • If a mere half century can transform innocent flirtation into an orgy on a hearthrug, imagine what two thousand years can do.

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  • I sat down on the hearthrug, quietly, so as not to wake him.

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  • They fled past the big black cat on the hearthrug and went up to their play-room.


  • There is one mystery member who can usually be found contentedly curled up on the hearthrug.

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  • You're still just sitting there, gamely trying to ignore this particular ten-ton pachyderm plonked on the hearthrug and pooing all over the coffee table.

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  • He was standing just now on the hearthrug with his back to the fire, as if he were the master of the house, chatting with the manager, who was congratulating du Bruel.

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  • So Tom fairly lost his way in them; not that he cared much for that, though he was in pitchy darkness, for he was as much at home in a chimney as a mole is underground; but at last, coming down as he thought the right chimney, he came down the wrong one, and found himself standing on the hearthrug in a room the like of which he had never seen before.

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