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foundation stone

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noun
  1. any of the stones composing the foundation of a building.
  2. a cornerstone.
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Origin of foundation stone

First recorded in 1645–55
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Examples from the Web for foundation stone

Historical Examples

  • The foundation-stone was laid in 1878, and it was opened in 1882 as a private chapel.

    Mayfair, Belgravia, and Bayswater

    Geraldine Edith Mitton

  • The foundation-stone was laid by the Baroness Burdett-Coutts.

    Westminster

    Sir Walter Besant

  • It was noon, and the foundation-stone of the Castle was laid.

  • This principle is the foundation-stone of the Christian life.

  • The foundation-stone had been laid by Queen Victoria in 1868.


British Dictionary definitions for foundation stone

foundation stone

noun
  1. a stone laid at a ceremony to mark the foundation of a new building
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