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[stohn-wurk] /ˈstoʊnˌwɜrk/
any construction, as walls or the like, of stone; stone masonry.
the techniques, processes, work, or art of dressing, setting, or designing in stone.
Usually, stoneworks. (usually used with a singular verb) a place where stone is dressed, as for building.
Origin of stonework
before 1000; Middle English stoonwerk, Old English stānweorc. See stone, work
Related forms
stoneworker, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for stonework
Historical Examples
  • A piece of stonework that sneezes is far too like a man to be trusted.

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • A river cairn is a solid pile of stonework, with, perhaps, a pole in the centre.

    The Clyde Mystery Andrew Lang
  • In the corner of the cell there was a board let into the stonework.

  • Here there is great height, the arches are pointed, the stonework light.


    G. E. (Geraldine Edith) Mitton
  • The stonework is of soft grey, and the roof chiefly of well-coloured tiles.

    The Dukeries R. Murray Gilchrist
  • It was built of stonework like the church; that was the reason it had stood so long.

    Cruel As The Grave Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • The west porch is very handsomely ornamented with stonework.

    The Kensington District Geraldine Edith Mitton
  • We are, however, warned that the artist has represented the stonework a little too regularly.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • A man who was a liar undertook to do the stonework and concrete work for me.

  • The stonework of the arch had given way, and fallen in upon her.

    The Days of Chivalry Ernest Louis Victor Jules L'Epine
British Dictionary definitions for stonework


any structure or part of a building made of stone
the process of dressing or setting stones
Derived Forms
stoneworker, noun
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