[mey-suh n-ree]

noun, plural ma·son·ries.

the craft or occupation of a mason.
work constructed by a mason, especially stonework: the crumbling masonry of ancient walls.
(initial capital letter) Freemasonry.

Origin of masonry

1325–75; Middle English masonerie < Middle French maçonnerie. See mason, -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for masonry

trade, brickwork, ashlar, stonework

Examples from the Web for masonry

Contemporary Examples of masonry

  • Over the years, stone slabs and masonry replaced the barbed wire.

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    Scaling the Berlin Wall

    Michael R. Meyer

    October 31, 2009

Historical Examples of masonry

British Dictionary definitions for masonry


noun plural -ries

the craft of a mason
work that is built by a mason; stonework or brickwork
(often capital) short for Freemasonry
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Word Origin and History for masonry

"stonework," mid-14c., from Old French maçonerie (14c.), from maçon (see mason).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper