or bricks-and-mor·tar

[ brik-uh n-mawr-ter ]
/ ˈbrɪk ənˈmɔr tər /


pertaining to conventional stores, businesses, etc., having physical buildings and facilities, as opposed to Internet or remote services.
made of bricks and mortar.

Words nearby brick-and-mortar Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for bricks and mortar

bricks and mortar


  1. a building or buildingshe invested in bricks and mortar rather than stocks and shares
  2. (as modifier)a bricks-and-mortar fortune
  1. a physical business premises rather than an internet presence
  2. (as modifier)bricks-and-mortar firms
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Idioms and Phrases with bricks and mortar

bricks and mortar

Basic and essential, as in Matthew Arnold's essay (1865): “Margate, that bricks-and-mortar image of British Protestantism.” This phrase transfers essential building materials to other fundamental matters. It also may be used more literally to denote a building or buildings (whether or not made of bricks and mortar), as in The alumni prefer to see their donations in the form of bricks and mortar. [Mid-1800s]

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