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  1. any construction, as walls or the like, of stone; stone masonry.
  2. the techniques, processes, work, or art of dressing, setting, or designing in stone.
  3. Usually stoneworks. (usually used with a singular verb) a place where stone is dressed, as for building.
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Origin of stonework

before 1000; Middle English stoonwerk, Old English stānweorc. See stone, work
Related formsstone·work·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for stonework

Historical Examples

  • A piece of stonework that sneezes is far too like a man to be trusted.

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II)

    Charles James Lever

  • A river cairn is a solid pile of stonework, with, perhaps, a pole in the centre.

  • In the corner of the cell there was a board let into the stonework.

  • Here there is great height, the arches are pointed, the stonework light.


    G. E. (Geraldine Edith) Mitton

  • The stonework is of soft grey, and the roof chiefly of well-coloured tiles.

    The Dukeries

    R. Murray Gilchrist

British Dictionary definitions for stonework


  1. any structure or part of a building made of stone
  2. the process of dressing or setting stones
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Derived Formsstoneworker, noun
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