ironwork

noun

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

Examples of ironwork in a Sentence

We admired the ironwork in front of the house.
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Ironwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ironwork. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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ironwork

noun
iron·​work -ˌwərk How to pronounce ironwork (audio)
1
: work in iron
2
plural : a mill or building where iron or steel is smelted or heavy iron or steel products are made
ironworker noun

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