ashlar

or ash·ler

[ ash-ler ]
/ ˈæʃ lər /

noun

Masonry.
  1. 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.
  2. such stones collectively.
  3. masonry made of them.
Carpentry. a short stud between joists and sloping rafters, especially near the eaves.

verb (used with object)

to face with ashlars.

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Origin of ashlar

1325–75; Middle English ascheler < Middle French aissel(i)er < Latin axillāris, equivalent to axill(a) (axis board, plank, axis1 + -illa diminutive suffix) + -āris -ar1; cf. -ar2
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British Dictionary definitions for ashlar

ashlar

ashler

/ (ˈæʃlə) /

noun

a block of hewn stone with straight edges for use in building
Also called: ashlar veneer a thin dressed stone with straight edges, used to face a wall
masonry made of ashlar

Word Origin for ashlar

C14: from Old French aisselier crossbeam, from ais board, from Latin axis axletree; see axis 1
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