or ash·ler

[ ash-ler ]
/ ˈæʃ lər /


  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.


Nearby words

  1. ashkenazim,
  2. ashkenazy,
  3. ashkey,
  4. ashkhabad,
  5. ashland,
  6. ashlar line,
  7. ashlaring,
  8. ashley,
  9. ashman,
  10. ashmolean museum

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ashlar



/ (ˈæʃlə) /


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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Word Origin and History 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper