stone·​work | \ ˈstōn-ˌwərk How to pronounce stonework (audio) \

Definition of stonework

1 : a structure or part built of stone : masonry
2 : the shaping, preparation, or setting of stone

Examples of stonework in a Sentence

The stonework on this house is over 100 years old.
Recent Examples on the Web Rebuilt in 2018, the interior features Venetian plaster walls, custom millwork, red oak flooring and stonework. Dallas News, "High-rise living ‘raises the luxury bar’," 13 Dec. 2020 Work began with tuck-pointing the building’s stonework, then progressed to the dome. John Reinan, Star Tribune, "Majestic southern Minnesota courthouse is getting a 'once-in-a-lifetime' renovation," 5 Dec. 2020 The resort-like property features stonework, landscaping, large grassy areas for yard sports, a tennis court, a pool and spa, a fire pit and an expansive courtyard with a four-car garage. Dallas News, "Cindy O’Gorman presents estate in Willow Bend Country," 12 Dec. 2020 My own arrival follows an illustrious history of invaders since Queen Boudicca ransacked the Roman stonework. Ellen Himelfarb, National Geographic, "Discover the secrets of London’s oldest Roman road," 15 Nov. 2020 Repairs included over 48 tons of new stonework, 120 tons of lead added to the home’s roof, and 9,500 stainless steel pins added to secure the unique tiles in the House. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Inside Princess Diana's Childhood Home," 13 Nov. 2020 The museum said that its stonework was defaced early Tuesday, which also serves as a polling location. Fox News, "Election Day anti-voting message spray-painted on Kansas City's World War I Museum," 3 Nov. 2020 Roberts had pretended to be a customer in need of stonework and messaged Robert Caldwell to lure him into meeting in Jamestown, Ohio, earlier that month. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Prosecutor: Centerville woman pleads guilty to involvement in ex-husband's murder," 1 Nov. 2020 Outside, the stonework and board-and-batten siding accentuate the Craftsman design. Star Tribune, "Home plan: Craftsman details with modern layout," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of stonework

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Stonework.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stonework

: a structure or part of a structure that is built of stone

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