Definition of foundation stone in English:

foundation stone


  • 1A stone laid at a ceremony to celebrate the beginning of construction of a building.

    • ‘Yesterday I had the honour to attend the ceremony for the laying of the foundation stone for the Paknam Tower.’
    • ‘The foundation stone of the new building was laid by the Union Tourism and Culture Minister, Jagmohan, on Monday.’
    • ‘The foundation stone for the Central Block was laid in 1922 and Wits University opened the following year.’
    • ‘Mr Blair laid the foundation stone more than two years ago when building work started and returned yesterday to see the completed stadium in east Manchester.’
    • ‘Prince Philip unveiled the building's foundation stone in 1999, and the Queen chose the museum as the first stop on her Golden Jubilee tour last year, gaining it widespread publicity.’
    • ‘Work has already begun on the ‘Yorkshire School’ in Batticaloa with the foundation stone laid in a ceremony in November.’
    • ‘It was July 21, 1962 when the Governor of Western Australia, Sir Charles Gairdner, attended a ceremony to lay the foundation stone.’
    • ‘He lunched with young pupils in their canteen, then spent an afternoon dropping in on lessons and chatting informally before laying the foundation stone for a new building.’
    • ‘A feature of the celebrations will be the laying of the foundation stone of a new hospital.’
    • ‘The glass jar was found by demolition workers underneath the foundation stone of a building at East Ardsley Primary School, in West Yorkshire.’
    • ‘Construction of the tower began on 11 December 1912, with the laying of a foundation stone, in a ceremony held on the completed foundations and steps.’
    • ‘Now an extension is being added to the building and the foundation stone will be laid by North Wiltshire MP James Gray on Friday, April 4.’
    • ‘In October 2002, Mr Callely laid the foundation stone of the building, which received €25 million in Department of Health funding.’
    • ‘He allowed the Hindus to prepare for the construction of a new temple with the ceremonial laying of a foundation stone on November 9, 1989.’
    • ‘It was very nice of Chief Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to have laid the foundation stone of the building and give his sanction to the project.’
    • ‘There was a delay to the commencement but on April 19, 1871, the foundation stone was laid by Bishop Moriarty and the building was completed in October 1872.’
    • ‘Although some of the terms used to describe the foundation stones are archaic, others are simply uncommon.’
    • ‘September 1 saw the laying of the foundation stone for the new building at Banglamung Children and Family Shelter.’
    • ‘On 9 December 2002 on the occasion of Stefan Ryser's 40th birthday, the foundation stone was laid for the building of a kindergarten in Wanginsah.’
    • ‘The first foundation stone was laid in October 1953 in a ceremony that was attended by representatives of a variety of bodies including Mr Clark from the Ministry of Education.’
    1. 1.1A basic or essential element of something.
      ‘family life is one of the foundation stones of a good society’
      • ‘Now that means that a very fundamental foundation stone to the law of defamation is in fact non-existent.’
      • ‘The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.’
      • ‘It is an essential foundation stone for any serious appreciation of the cultural history of a large proportion of the world.’
      • ‘There are two centres, two foundation stones to my life here.’


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