- a squared building stone cut more or less true on all faces adjacent to those of other stones so as to permit very thin mortar joints.
- such stones collectively.
- masonry made of them.
verb (used with object)
- ashlar line,
- ashmolean museum
Origin of ashlar
Examples from the Web for ashlar
Ashlar walls are constructed of carefully worked blocks of regular dimensions and set with fine joints.
The other variety consists of walls formed of square stones or ashlar, as the Roman wall in Northumberland.
"You certainly made a first class job of ashlar work," remarked John.The Wonder Island Boys: Treasures of the Island|Roger Thompson Finlay
Emplecton, em-plek′ton, n. masonry in which the outsides of the walls are ashlar and the insides filled up with rubbish.
“Ashlar means a building stone cut and dressed,” explained David.In the Days of the Guild|Louise Lamprey
Word Origin for ashlar
late 14c., "square stone for building or paving," from Old French aiseler, from Latin axillaris, from axilla, diminutive of axis "board, plank," which is perhaps not the same axis that means "axle." The stone sense is peculiar to English.