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Meaning & Definition of Cornerstone in English

English

Cornerstone

/kɔrnərstoʊn/

noun

1. The fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained

  • "The whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
    synonym:
  • basis
  • ,
  • base
  • ,
  • foundation
  • ,
  • fundament
  • ,
  • groundwork
  • ,
  • cornerstone

2. A stone in the exterior of a large and important building

  • Usually carved with a date and laid with appropriate ceremonies
    synonym:
  • cornerstone

3. A stone at the outer corner of two intersecting masonry walls

    synonym:
  • cornerstone