ma·son·ry | \ ˈmā-sᵊn-rē \
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

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The contracts approved Thursday covered all phases of the construction including brick masonry, concrete, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and roofing. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Hobart awards bids for high school aquatic center," 6 July 2018 So, PennDot is spending a hefty sum to restore its masonry and reinforce its structure. Aubrey Nagle,, "Students walk out, Lamb declares victory, Krasner won't oppose Mill's release | Morning Newsletter," 15 Mar. 2018 Built in 2005, the masonry single house boasts a traditional facade, with the interiors combining the best of the old and new. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Gorgeous Charleston home with pool and guest house wants $7.28M," 13 June 2018 Village Board member James Tyrrell, chairman of the village's Planning and Zoning Committee, said that the walls and steel structure interior wall, ceilings and masonry work are underway on the upper floors. David Heitz,, "Foxford Station development rises quickly in downtown Western Springs," 12 July 2018 In June, part of the ceiling collapsed in the Borough Hall station, in Brooklyn, showering hundreds of pounds of masonry and tile onto the platform in jagged hunks. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 The city did extensive exterior renovations in 2000 through the city's building facade program, which included repair of deteriorating masonry and window frames. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Batavia to sell 1870s-era downtown building to kitchen and bath design firm," 19 June 2018 The anesthesiologist has worked in a grocery store, at a granite quarry and in a steel mill doing masonry work. Libby Solomon,, "Meet the candidates for state delegate in the District 42B primary," 19 June 2018 Apart from the pristine white walls and furniture accented with rich wooden colors, the home also features five masonry fireplaces, seven full and three half luxury bathrooms, seven bedrooms, and a five-car garage. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Incredible multi-million dollar mansion for sale in Houston," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of masonry

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

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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 \
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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