foundation stone


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

Examples of foundation stone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Modi, reelected resoundingly that year after a heavily Hindu nationalist campaign, laid the foundation stone at the construction site in 2020 as work began. Anant Gupta, Washington Post, 22 Jan. 2024 Latin American Central Not all is change: , one of modern San Sebastian’s foundation stones holds strong: its Latin American axis. John Hopewell, Variety, 21 Sep. 2023 The rector of the only Russian Orthodox Church in Ulaanbaatar, Father Antony Gusev, told the gathering the history of the church in Mongolia, recalling that the current head of the Russian church — Patriarch Kirill — laid the foundation stone for the building in 2001. Nicole Winfield and Saruul Enkhbold,, 3 Sep. 2023 Roughly two dozen blacksmiths created works for the cathedral since its foundation stone was laid in 1907, according to Christopher Budny, who has been a docent at the church for 28 years. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 23 June 2023 Nearly three years ago, the royal laid the foundation stone for the Oak Cancer Centre. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 8 June 2023 While the construction of Neuschwanstein Castle broke ground during the summer of 1868, the first foundation stone wasn't laid until September 5, 1869. Melanie Lieberman, Travel + Leisure, 9 Apr. 2023 This beat reporting remains our foundation stone. George Stanley, Journal Sentinel, 6 Jan. 2023 The building’s foundation stone was engraved with an earlier date, Reitz said. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 20 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of foundation stone was in 1628

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“Foundation stone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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