ash·​lar ˈash-lər How to pronounce ashlar (audio)
: hewn or squared stone
also : masonry of such stone
: a thin squared and dressed stone for facing a wall of rubble or brick

Examples of ashlar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Without mortar, using a technique called ashlar, the Inca fit finely carved granite stones together with such precision that a piece of paper cannot be inserted between them. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 18 Mar. 2021

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'ashlar.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


Middle English asheler, from Anglo-French aiseler, from Old French, traverse beam, from aissele, diminutive of ais plank, from Latin axis, alteration of assis

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ashlar was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near ashlar

Cite this Entry

“Ashlar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!