Definition of masonry in English:



  • 1Stonework:

    ‘cracks in the finished masonry’
    [as modifier] ‘masonry nails’
    • ‘Your local brick or masonry supplier should be consulted for specific advice.’
    • ‘Care must be used in deciding where and when to use clear waterproofing materials on masonry walls.’
    • ‘As odd as it may seem, water causes more damage to masonry chimneys than fire.’
    • ‘Natural drafts that people usually sense occur near windows and masonry walls.’
    • ‘Once the mortar is dry, you can attach a cutting board to the side of the barbecue with fluted masonry nails.’
    • ‘As many were nailed to the cellar masonry, they were often broken or cracked during removal.’
    • ‘The project saw the renewal of stonework and replacement of masonry on the cathedral's rose window.’
    • ‘Wet the joint and then apply new mortar into the joint with a small masonry trowel or putty knife.’
    • ‘The gypsum board must be attached to the wood furring strips or underlying masonry using nails or screws.’
    • ‘He enjoyed a reputation for building tall elegant masonry structures such as church towers and spires.’
    • ‘Like their masonry counterparts, they require periodic cleaning and maintenance.’
    • ‘The bakehouse was made of masonry and fieldstone, with walls two feet thick.’
    • ‘With a fireplace, for instance, the wall goes from board to masonry, and you have a wavy corner to match up.’
    • ‘These are works of dry stone masonry meticulously assembled, some aligned directly with points of the compass.’
    • ‘They find their way into cracks and crevices in masonry and brickwork, such as the inside of a chimney, and lay eggs among these materials.’
    • ‘Repair and finish joints between stones or bricks of masonry structure.’
    • ‘Modern houses in cities and villages usually have two or three stories with masonry and stucco.’
    • ‘Depending on the type of masonry sealer, some will also work to seal concrete slabs.’
    • ‘Cement paints, masonry paints or exterior grade emulsion are suited to concrete surfaces.’
    • ‘Brick saws can be used to cut bricks, pavers, stones, large quarry tiles and other masonry.’
    1. 1.1 The occupation or work of a mason:
      ‘hands roughened from carpentry and masonry’
      • ‘After high school he went into masonry but he soon found it wasn't for him.’
      • ‘The project aims to bring the children back to civilian life by giving them a trade in carpentry, masonry or metal work.’
      • ‘Skilled trades such as fishing, carpentry, and masonry work tend to be family specializations.’
      • ‘To say these guys will be throwing up bricks is an affront to the fine profession of masonry.’
      • ‘The building of a house, or even any transaction concerning it, is not just a matter of masonry or of business.’
  • 2Freemasonry:

    ‘the ‘degrees’ found in Masonry are symbolic practices’
    • ‘The official, watered-down version (in the absence of provable fact) is that Masonry originated from the stone craft guilds.’
    • ‘White and black Masonry continued as separate organizations throughout the twentieth century.’
    • ‘This is not to say that you have to be a Mason in order to be good man but rather that Masonry, by its very nature and calling, ‘makes a good man better’’.’
    • ‘First, in order to be initiated, a person has to bind himself, by the most cruel and barbarous oaths, never to reveal any of Masonry's secrets.’
    • ‘There's a lot more of that in Masonry than you'd think: Masonry is for people like us, if we choose.’
    • ‘In their place will come spin doctors and media strategies in an attempt to revolutionise the public image of Masonry.’
    • ‘The term ‘lodge’ derives from Masonry and other societies that model themselves on it, such as the Brotherhood of Elks.’
    • ‘And for many, another important aspect of the World of Masonry is to expand their working knowledge of the contracting industry.’
    • ‘They are not, however, recognized as being official Masonry organization, and Masonic contact with them is forbidden.’
    • ‘As we view the use of ‘sheepskin aprons’ in the Initiated Orders of Masonry, we can surmise that the use of this element would be seen as an affront to more ‘precise’ sects contained within the vast network of Mystery Schools.’
    • ‘While universalists insisted that Masonry was not a religion, they did view it as a great aid to religion.’
    • ‘I don't have many acquaintances who are non - white so the chances of someone ‘non-white’ joining Masonry through me is slim.’
    • ‘He believes that Masonry is not compatible with the Christian faith.’
    • ‘Literature, Masonry, and stampcollecting have at least one thing in common: they enable the initiated to communicate in a pre-arranged system of references.’
    • ‘I studied The Book of the Dead; I studied Masonry; I studied the Holy Koran also, and some parts of the Bible, in order to construct that book.’


Late Middle English: from Old French maçonerie, from maçon (see mason).