foundation stone


: a stone in the foundation of a building
especially : such a stone laid with public ceremony compare cornerstone

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The building’s foundation stone was engraved with an earlier date, Reitz said. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 20 Jan. 2023 On May 12, 1459, the Rajput warrior ruler Rao Jodha laid the first foundation stone of an impregnable fort, atop a jagged cliff of volcanic rock in the Thar Desert of Marwar. Dorothy Wickenden, The New Yorker, 12 Dec. 2022 This principle is the very foundation stone of mutual respect and non-discrimination. Graham Dunbar,, 4 Nov. 2022 The Princess of Wales made an appearance to celebrate the laying of the foundation stone for the hospital's new children's ambulatory care center, with a vibrant ensemble by fashion designer Catherine Walker. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 11 Oct. 2022 In 1911, King George V laid the foundation stone of a new capital to be built within Delhi—New Delhi. Anandi Mishra, The Atlantic, 30 July 2022 Henry Ford himself laid the foundation stone in 1930, and the first Ford - a Model A truck - rolled off the Cologne production line in 1931. Michael Taylor, Forbes, 22 June 2022 The foundation stone for Parnell’s monument was laid in 1899, but by 1904, when Ulysses is set, it had still not been built. Fintan O’toole, The Atlantic, 16 June 2022 The letter was dated June 2, one week after Hitler had laid the foundation stone for the Volkswagen factory. David De Jong, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of foundation stone was in 1628

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Cite this Entry

“Foundation stone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

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