brick·​work ˈbrik-ˌwərk How to pronounce brickwork (audio)
: work of or with bricks and mortar

Examples of brickwork in a Sentence

Some of the brickwork is in need of repair.
Recent Examples on the Web The architect Philip Johnson covered the small guesthouse on his property in New Canaan, Conn., in Flemish-bond brickwork. Suleman Anaya, New York Times, 3 May 2024 Too many houses in rural areas stand empty and deteriorating: windows boarded up, yards littered with junk, brickwork greening with algae. Dennis Zhou, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2024 Others could only lay an unusual type of brick or could only lay one particular brickwork pattern. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 Sides of stone buildings, distant brickwork, walls of glass that faced south toward the sun, all gleamed with a transfixing brilliance. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2024 Plazas and courtyards contain feathery mesquite and blue-green palo verde trees and employ brickwork that blends with the buildings themselves. Sam Lubell, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2024 This symmetry and regularity can seem mundane and almost invisible, as with brickwork on building walls or the hexagonal pattern in a honeycomb. Quanta Magazine, 30 Oct. 2023 Think of fencing or brickwork painted in Green Smoke to accentuate flowering plants. Elizabeth Sweet, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 June 2023 Inside, vines climb up the brickwork, and diners can watch the stars emerge during their meal through the glass panes that make up the building’s sloped roof. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 14 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brickwork was in the 15th century

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“Brickwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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brick·​work ˈbrik-ˌwərk How to pronounce brickwork (audio)
: work made of bricks and mortar

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