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 room will become the new mechanical room, and scaffolding is being set up for installing the concrete masonry unit wall for the room. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oconomowoc's new Meadow View Elementary is nearing completion ahead of the new school year," 28 June 2019 The priority repairs in the report include replacing an outdated boiler, adding a new fire suppression system and air handling units, and keeping a year-long record of the visible cracking over three interior masonry columns. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Report lays out $5 million in needed improvements at James J. Hill Center," 18 June 2019 At Cadillac Park, a brick walkway was installed by a contractor alongside Buchtel CLC masonry students. Robin Goist,, "Two parks along Cuyahoga River near downtown Akron to be improved with $100,000 grants," 17 June 2019 Learn about the iconic boulder masonry of the Inca and the preservation of ancient ruins, and reconstruct Machu Picchu during its heyday through writings or sketches. National Geographic, "Peru & the Amazon High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 Primers made for brick and masonry are your best bet. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Painting Brick," 9 May 2019 At Harford Tech, students in the construction program can concentrate in one of four areas: HVAC, electrical, carpentry and masonry. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "House built by Harford Tech students for Habitat for Humanity delivered to permanent site," 15 May 2018 Stainless steel fermenting tanks rise behind an oak bar that shoots 70 feet back through the 6,000-square-foot space, covered with ground-face concrete masonry and cast glass blocks. Keith Flanagan, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Places for Pizza in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 The home maintains elements of old masonry uncovered during renovation, including a stone-and-brick wall section and a brick archway. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Reviving the Heart of Rome by Adding Nordic Style," 15 Jan. 2019

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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 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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