Definition of ashlar in English:


Line breaks: ash¦lar
Pronunciation: /ˈaʃlə


[mass noun]
  • 1Masonry made of large square-cut stones, used as a facing on walls of brick or stone rubble: seven windows are set in ashlar along the upper floor [as modifier]: ashlar blocks
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A stone used in ashlar.
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    • 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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