brick·​lay·​er ˈbrik-ˌlā-ər How to pronounce bricklayer (audio)
: a person who lays brick
bricklaying noun

Examples of bricklayer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the country only has enough construction workers to build 60,000 new units annually, with the shortage of bricklayers particularly acute. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 The prospective applicants included a bricklayer, a harm-reduction trainer, and the owner of a local grocery store. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 Getting this done will support thousands of good-paying, middle-class jobs in the skilled trades—from pipefitters and carpenters to bricklayers and roofers. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, 24 Jan. 2024 These narratives are magnetic forces that pull the reader into their worlds, leaving them eager to discover what comes next, from a bricklayer hiding his love for wearing red lipstick to an insomniac journalist fighting street violence. Roxsy Lin, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2023 That represents a major U-turn, after ministers added bricklayers to the list to help the construction industry just months ago. Kitty Donaldson, Fortune Europe, 5 Dec. 2023 Flores, a nursing student, relies on his wife’s income and occasional odd jobs as a bricklayer or janitor to pay the rent and support an infant. David Feliba, Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2023 The story follows Lucio, an apparently modest Spanish bricklayer living in Paris, hiding the brains behind the largest network of traveller’s check counterfeiters that led Citibank down a path towards ruin. Emiliano De Pablos, Variety, 6 Oct. 2023 Jaime Martínez Miranda, 21, was a bricklayer who was close to his family. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 22 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bricklayer was in the 15th century

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“Bricklayer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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brick·​lay·​er ˈbrik-ˌlā-ər How to pronounce bricklayer (audio)
: a person who builds with bricks
bricklaying noun

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