One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The stone of a date.
An engraved stone embedded in a building or other structure, commemorating the date of construction and sometimes bearing other information, as the name or initials of the original owner, builder, etc.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Liber de Diversis Medicinis. From date + stone<br>early 19th century. From date + stone.
date stone/ˈdeɪt stəʊn/
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