foundation stone

noun

Definition of foundation stone

1 : 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 Its foundation stone was placed in 1907 by former President Theodore Roosevelt, has been the site of state funerals for three U.S. presidents, and was the site of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s final Sunday sermon. Li Cohen, CBS News, 24 Sep. 2021 Life insurance and life insurance trusts are a foundation stone of estate planning for many families. Martin Shenkman, Forbes, 27 May 2021 In April last year, eight months before Modi laid the parliament's foundation stone in a high-profile photo-op, a petition was filed to the Supreme Court opposing plans on legal and environmental grounds. Oscar Holland, CNN, 8 May 2021 Contractors will lay the foundation stone in May, and construction is expected to take four years. Joseph D’hippolito, WSJ, 8 Apr. 2021 They must be held to account, along with Johnson, for lying to the people they were elected to serve about the very foundation stone of our democratic republic — the legitimacy of elections. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Feb. 2021 In August, Modi laid down the foundation stone for a new temple to be built at the site of the Babri mosque. New York Times, 1 Dec. 2020 On the first anniversary of the decision on Jammu and Kashmir, Modi this year laid the foundation stone for the temple in Ayodhya. Upmanyu Trivedi, Bloomberg.com, 30 Sep. 2020 On September 29, 1990, exactly 83 years after the laying of the foundation stone, Alonso was given the great honor of setting the cathedral’s last stone: the final grand finial on the southwest tower. Marjorie Hunt, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 July 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'foundation stone.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of foundation stone

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About foundation stone

Time Traveler for foundation stone

Time Traveler

The first known use of foundation stone was in 1628

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near foundation stone

foundation stock

foundation stone

foundation stop

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for foundation stone

Last Updated

27 Sep 2021

Cite this Entry

“Foundation stone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foundation%20stone. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!