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[mey-suh n-ree] /ˈmeɪ sən ri/
noun, plural masonries.
the craft or occupation of a mason.
work constructed by a mason, especially stonework:
the crumbling masonry of ancient walls.
(initial capital letter) Freemasonry.
Origin of masonry
1325-75; Middle English masonerie < Middle French maçonnerie. See mason, -ery Unabridged
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Examples from the web for masonry
  • It has the same simple geometry, regular rhythms of windows, and strong masonry walls as its neighbors.
  • Thick masonry walls also helped by having a thermal time constant of roughly half a day.
  • The construction technique using mortar is called masonry.
  • Ancient masonry hides behind thickets of scaffolding, planks and steel poles.
  • The masonry buildings were not reinforced nor confined.
  • Fasten the frame with masonry anchors and screws if the installation does not include foundation plates.
  • Something liberated which had been sealed up in the masonry of years ago.
  • Loose fasteners joining railings to masonry cannot generally be retightened.
  • These approaches are perforated by thick masonry vaults running perpendicular to the roadway above.
  • The planter is securely mounted to a stucco wall with masonry screws.
British Dictionary definitions for masonry


noun (pl) -ries
the craft of a mason
work that is built by a mason; stonework or brickwork
(often capital) short for Freemasonry
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Word Origin and History for masonry

"stonework," mid-14c., from Old French maçonerie (14c.), from maçon (see mason).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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