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Proper noun[edit]


  1. A surname.



From Middle High German hert, from Old High German herd, from Proto-West Germanic *herþ. Cognate with Dutch haard, English hearth.


  • IPA(key): /heːrt/, [heːɐ̯t], [hɛɐ̯t]
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Herd m (strong, genitive Herdes or Herds, plural Herde)

  1. cooker; stove
    Der Herd besteht aus einem Ofen und vier Herdplatten.
    The cooker consists of an oven and four rings.
  2. (by restriction) hob; cooktop
    Synonym: Kochfeld (rarely in everyday use)
    Der Ofen ist aus, aber der Herd ist noch an.
    The oven is off, but the hob is still on.
    Eine Sekunde! Ich hab was auf dem Herd.
    One second! I have something [cooking] on the hob.
  3. (dated, except in Herdfeuer) fireplace, hearth
    Synonyms: (offener) Kamin, Feuerstätte
    Abends saßen sie alle am Herd und wärmten ihre Glieder.
    In the evening they all sat by the hearth and warmed their limbs.
  4. (figuratively) the household as the traditional workplace of women
    Frauen gehören an den Herd.
    Women belong in the household.
  5. (figuratively) hotbed, place where something (negative) spreads from
    Synonyms: Brutstätte, Hochburg
    Diese Region ist ein Herd der Unruhe.
    This region is a hotbed of unrest.



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