Origin of ironwork

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at iron, work Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for ironwork

Historical Examples of ironwork

  • The roofing of these two rooms and some ironwork on the gate remained to be completed.

    When the West Was Young

    Frederick R. Bechdolt

  • The ironwork was squeaky and broken, the breaks repaired with strings.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo)

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • One lock and key serves for the ironwork belonging to the three shelves.

    The Care of Books

    John Willis Clark

  • The ironwork by which these chains are attached to the desk is somewhat complicated.

    The Care of Books

    John Willis Clark

  • It contained 175,000 cubic feet of timber and twenty tons of ironwork.

    Sixty Years a Queen

    Sir Herbert Maxwell

British Dictionary definitions for ironwork


  1. work done in iron, esp decorative work
  2. the craft or practice of working in iron
See also ironworks
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Word Origin and History for ironwork

early 15c., from iron (n.) + work (n.).

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