What does Cornerstone mean?

Definitions for Cornerstoneˈkɔr nərˌstoʊn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. basis, base, foundation, fundament, groundwork, cornerstone(noun)

    the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained

    "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"

  2. cornerstone(noun)

    a stone in the exterior of a large and important building; usually carved with a date and laid with appropriate ceremonies

  3. cornerstone(noun)

    a stone at the outer corner of two intersecting masonry walls


  1. cornerstone(Noun)

    A ceremonial stone set at the corner of a building, joining two exterior walls, and often inscribed with the starting and completion dates of construction, the name of the architect and owner, and other details.

    The cornerstone on the Flatiron Building is set on the Fifth Avenue facade.

  2. cornerstone(Noun)

    By extension, that which is prominent, fundamental, noteworthy, or central.


  1. Cornerstone

    The cornerstone concept is derived from the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation, important since all other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure. Over time a cornerstone became a ceremonial masonry stone, or replica, set in a prominent location on the outside of a building, with an inscription on the stone indicating the construction dates of the building and the names of architect, builder and other significant individuals. The rite of laying a cornerstone is an important cultural component of eastern architecture and metaphorically in sacred architecture generally. The origins of this tradition are vague but its presence in Judeo-Christian countries can be associated with one quotation from the Old Testament cited six times in the New Testament and Isaiah 28:16quoted by the writer of the Book of 1st Peter in chapter 2, verse 6 1 Peter. The writer of the Book of Ephesians makes clear that Jesus is the cornerstone, of a faith rather than a building, referred to in the New Testament Ephesians 2:20 .

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cornerstone in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cornerstone in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Donald Trump:

    Tolerance is the cornerstone of peace.

  2. John Herschel:

    Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.

  3. Nawaz Sharif:

    Friendship with China is the cornerstone of Pakistan's foreign policy.

  4. Mary Kay Ash:

    Honesty is the cornerstone of all success, without which confidence and ability to perform shall cease to exist.

  5. Martin Hilton:

    This show has never won an Emmy. For anything!, and despite that, this show is a cornerstone of American pop culture.

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