Definition of cornerstone in English:

cornerstone

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːnəstəʊn
 
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noun

  • 1An important quality or feature on which a particular thing depends or is based: a national minimum wage remained the cornerstone of policy
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    • Yoga will continue to remain an important cornerstone, but I really need to make more time for weight training.
    • Despite their adolescence, it is on these countries that the United States depends as a cornerstone of its energy policy.
    • Wong's structure will not provide shade but a vision that represents three important cornerstones of our university community: students, businesses and faculty.
    Synonyms
    foundation, basis, keystone, mainspring, mainstay, linchpin, bedrock, fundament, base, key, fundamental principle, main ingredient, central component, centrepiece, core, heart, centre, focus, crux, prop, backbone, anchor
  • 2A stone that forms the base of a corner of a building, joining two walls.
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    • These are cornerstones, flint stones, millstones, limestone, and milestones.
    • A stone is also symbolic of eternity, like the cornerstone of a building, placed to last for all time.
    • Usually, I touch the cornerstones on the buildings, but Aunt Issa had said men would know I am a child from my hands and such a childish move.

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