Definition of ashlar in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaSHlər/


1Masonry made of large square-cut stones, typically used as a facing on walls of brick or stone.
Example sentences
  • The ground or basement story of the Alabama capitol was constructed of traditional masonry consisting of ashlar walls made of locally quarried sandstone.
  • The defensive wall was of fine ashlar masonry with a pronounced batter.
  • It is built of rubble stone with ashlar dressings on a granite plinth.
1.1A stone used in ashlar.
Example sentences
  • Mr Wilshaw promotes the idea of replacement of the damaged stones with reclaimed ashlars.
  • The tombs were made of ashlars with dry joints, or of bricks and mortar.
  • The gaps above the designated ashlars have been cleared of debris and new ashlars have been inserted.


Middle English: from Old French aisselier, from Latin axilla, diminutive of axis 'plank'.

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Syllabification: ash·lar

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