iron·​work | \ ˈī(-ə)rn-ˌwərk How to pronounce ironwork (audio) \

Definition of ironwork

1 : work in iron also : something made of iron
2 ironworks plural in form but singular or plural in construction : a mill or building where iron or steel is smelted or heavy iron or steel products are made

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ironworker \ ˈī(-​ə)rn-​ˌwər-​kər How to pronounce ironworker (audio) \ noun

Examples of ironwork in a Sentence

We admired the ironwork in front of the house.
Recent Examples on the Web Built in the 19th century for a wealthy family, its columns, ornate ironwork, and Tiffany stained glass both stand out and fit right in with Charleston’s lacy architecture. Sara Clemence, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 15 City Hotels in the Continental U.S.," 8 July 2020 What intrigued him most were the tiny pastel-colored houses with pointed tile roofs and elaborate ironwork that sat near railroad crossings. Laura Mallonee, Wired, "The Women of Ukraine's Railroads Keep the Trains Running," 31 May 2020 There is the five-story Bradbury Building, which has a red stone exterior and an amazing interior, all ornate ironwork balconies like some Victorian fantasy. Carl Nolte,, "Let’s take a long drive — virtually, of course — from SF to LA," 9 May 2020 The sweeping staircase features decorative and custom ironwork on the banister and the upstairs catwalk to the master suite. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Danville estate makes the most of its amazing views of Mount Diablo," 18 Sep. 2019 Some of Staub's original designs are still intact, such as the elaborate ironwork that surrounds the outdoor covered patio. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Inside a $7M historic Staub home linked to prominent oilman and Texaco founder Joseph Cullinan," 3 Apr. 2020 The building is classicizing, with its base and capital, at the same time that those patterns on the facade borrow from ironwork by Southern slaves, and the facade’s canted, three-tiered structure derives from West African sculptural traditions. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "MAGA War on Architectural Diversity Weaponizes Greek Columns," 7 Feb. 2020 Locally, the Arcade, which began in 1890, was the first building in Cleveland to receive a recommendation in the National Registry of Historic Places. Ascending five stories, the glass and ironwork today is still a theatrical marvel! Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "The essence of ornamental appeal: Yenke Peddler antiques," 12 Dec. 2019 Without his, Iorek was forced into ironwork by the town. Nick Romano,, "Harry Potter's Dudley Dursley actor Harry Melling gets a cameo in His Dark Materials," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of ironwork

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ironwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ironwork

: fences, railings, decorations, etc., that are made of iron


iron·​work | \ ˈī-ərn-ˌwərk How to pronounce ironwork (audio) \

Kids Definition of ironwork

1 : things made of iron
2 ironworks plural : a mill where iron or steel is smelted or heavy iron or steel products are made

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