Definition of masonry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmeɪs(ə)nri/


[mass noun]
1Stonework: cracks in the finished masonry [as modifier]: masonry nails
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  • Once the mortar is dry, you can attach a cutting board to the side of the barbecue with fluted masonry nails.
  • The gypsum board must be attached to the wood furring strips or underlying masonry using nails or screws.
  • The project saw the renewal of stonework and replacement of masonry on the cathedral's rose window.
1.1The occupation or work of a mason: hands roughened from carpentry and masonry
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  • The project aims to bring the children back to civilian life by giving them a trade in carpentry, masonry or metal work.
  • To say these guys will be throwing up bricks is an affront to the fine profession of masonry.
  • The building of a house, or even any transaction concerning it, is not just a matter of masonry or of business.
2 (Masonry) Freemasonry: the ‘degrees’ found in Masonry are symbolic practices
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  • While universalists insisted that Masonry was not a religion, they did view it as a great aid to religion.
  • They are not, however, recognized as being official Masonry organization, and Masonic contact with them is forbidden.
  • There's a lot more of that in Masonry than you'd think: Masonry is for people like us, if we choose.


Late Middle English: from Old French maçonerie, from maçon (see mason).

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