brick·​lay·​er | \ ˈbrik-ˌlā-ər How to pronounce bricklayer (audio) , -ˌler\

Definition of bricklayer

: a person who lays brick

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bricklaying \ ˈbrik-​ˌlā-​iŋ How to pronounce bricklaying (audio) \ noun

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Her father, a bricklayer, was tasked with dropping them off instead. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "What World War II’s ‘Operation Pied Piper’ taught us about the trauma of family separations," 19 June 2018 John Brickner, a retired bricklayer and school superintendent in Wilber, Neb., is all-in for continued GOP control of Congress and a second Trump term because he is wowed by improvements in the economy. Janet Hook, WSJ, "Trump’s 2016 Voters Plan to Back GOP in Midterms, but Some Still Have Doubts About Him," 18 Oct. 2018 Back then, the bricklayers could barely keep pace with an onrush of Irish, German and Italian immigrants. Tim Prudente,, "Collapse: The rise and deadly fall of a Baltimore rowhouse," 12 July 2018 Last year, at least half of homebuilders reported a serious shortage of framing crews, carpenters, bricklayers and other tradespeople, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "With construction workers scarce, homebuilders turn to robots, software," 25 June 2018 The firm was able to use just two bricklayers instead of seven, cutting costs despite the $2,900 weekly rental fee for SAM. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "With construction workers scarce, homebuilders turn to robots, software," 25 June 2018 His father was a bricklayer, but Lahey wasn’t cut out for the trade. Alison Kuznitz,, "A Visionary Leader, President John Lahey Casts His Final Shadow On Quinnipiac University," 2 July 2018 The effort is being undertaken in the midst of a shortage of bricklayers in the Netherlands, Rudy van Gurp, a project manager at Van Wijnen, the construction firm that's overseeing the project, told CNN. NBC News, "Dutch city's 3D-printed homes could help upend the construction industry," 2 July 2018 Tech startups are developing self-driving bulldozers, drones to inspect work sites and robot bricklayers. Terence Chea, USA TODAY, "Productivity boost? Robots break new ground in the construction industry," 19 Mar. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bricklayer

: a person whose job is to build things with bricks


brick·​lay·​er | \ ˈbrik-ˌlā-ər How to pronounce bricklayer (audio) \

Kids Definition of bricklayer

: a person who builds or paves with bricks

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