ma·​son·​ry | \ ˈmā-sᵊn-rē How to pronounce masonry (audio) \
plural masonries

Definition of masonry

1a : something constructed of materials used by masons
b : the art, trade, or occupation of a mason
c : work done by a mason
2 capitalized : freemasonry

Examples of masonry in a Sentence

a structure built of masonry
Recent Examples on the Web The laminate flooring there was a buttery yellow, designed to look like masonry. Betsy Cribb, Southern Living, "The Not-So-Secret Fudge Recipe That Will Always Remind Me of My Grandmother," 22 Apr. 2020 Similarly, the soft colored uplighting of City Hall and the Ferry Building accentuates the depth of those landmarks’ classical masonry. John King,, "San Francisco’s skyline has a holiday glow. It’s a global thing," 26 Dec. 2019 His company, Integricote, based at the UH Technology Bridge, has created manufacturing sealers for masonry, wood and concrete. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "UH professor develops innovative water-proofing for N95 masks to combat spread of COVID-19," 2 Apr. 2020 Besides the bruise on his face, Jason Dahl’s thick masonry gloves were burned through from the rope after the race. Shauna Farnell, New York Times, "The Wild West, on Skis," 19 Mar. 2020 The work includes repairs and new masonry caps on top of the ruin walls, to address long-term safety concerns and ensure structural preservation. Scott Huddleston,, "San Antonio missions remain open," 18 Mar. 2020 Behind the barracks on Riley Avenue, masonry homes built for sergeants serve as apartments that rent for as much as $6,755 a month. San Francisco Chronicle, "But the trust can do only so much at a time.," 7 Jan. 2017 Until recently, San Antonio was a city primarily made of brick and masonry buildings. Richard A. Marini,, "The new glass buildings of San Antonio’s downtown and Midtown signal a new, modern era," 25 Jan. 2020 New windows have been installed, and the exterior masonry is being restored. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Ilitch organization shows progress at Detroit's old Hotel Eddystone redevelopment," 24 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of masonry

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Masonry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of masonry

: the stone, brick, or concrete used to build things
: work done using stone, brick, or concrete : work done by a mason


ma·​son·​ry | \ ˈmā-sᵊn-rē How to pronounce masonry (audio) \
plural masonries

Kids Definition of masonry

1 : something built of stone or brick
2 : the work done using stone or brick
3 : the art, trade, or occupation of a mason

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