home is where the heart is

home is where the heart is

Meaning | Synonyms

  • a place you feel connected to emotionally
  • a place you are happy to arrive back at
  • somewhere you have fond memories of
  • being near your family and loved ones

Example Sentences

  1. No matter where I go, it's always so lovely to come back here. Home is where the heart is after all.
  2. My parents have a great saying on a tapestry on the wall of their lounge. It says 'home is where the heart is' and it's very true. 
  3. Home is certainly where the heart is they all agreed as the family sat down together for Christmas dinner.

Origin

Similar variations of this saying have been in use since ancient times.  The modern wording that we are familiar with today, first appeared in the J. T. Bickford novel, 'Scandal' in 1857. The proverb has been in this present form in the USA since the 1820s.

The phrase means that no matter who you are with or where you are in the world, your family and home always have the deepest affection and emotional pull. It is the place where you have a foundation of love, warmth, and happy memories. It might not always be the building itself, but being near your loved ones.

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I dont think it matters what you people think the idiom is or should be, and definitely not where the origins lie. It’s far too close to “hearth” to simply dismiss the idea of “hearth” as an actual place that was in people’s homes, to some metaphorical idiom. Most sayings weren’t just invented to be nice soundbytes or to stick on a piece of cheap tat and litter your walls with. They have origins in olden days, most likely bastardised to sóme extent. In any case, this article fails by not mentioning “hearth” at áll, or giving any etymology either.

- Anonymous August 6, 2020

My understanding is that “heart” is a more modern term for “hearth” –the fireplace where “the home fires” were kept burning. The family gathered around the “home fire / hearth” became synonymous with “heart” in its many shades of meanings.

- Kate Steele April 29, 2020

I don’t think so. It means that wherever your heart is (work, with spouse, children, etc.), that that is where your real home is, not just where you are living, or where you grew up.

- Fred Lee Curry April 29, 2020

I’m completely agreeing with this thought that home is where the heart is and whenever or wherever I am; the most essential is being attached to my loved ones; my family; kids; parents who I always miss them and they are the most significant ones for me.

- Anonymous April 29, 2020

I’m also agreed home is where the heart is, were you can fine a true love, memories and being happy with your love ones.

- Muhammad April 29, 2020

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