Home is where the heart is

Definition

Home is where the heart is is an English idiom which means that the most important place is wherever one’s heart is happiest or most content.

Examples

I may not have grown up in this house, but home is where the heart is.

He may not have had a lot of money, but home was where the heart was for him.

Origin

The origin of the phrase is unclear, though some attribute it to the novel ‘The Silent Cloud’ by Scottish author Margaret Mackay, written in 1892.

FAQs

What does home is where the heart is mean?

This phrase means that the place one’s heart is happiest and most content is the most important place.

Where did the phrase home is where the heart is originate?

The origin of the phrase is unclear, though some attribute it to the novel ‘The Silent Cloud’ by Scottish author Margaret Mackay, written in 1892.