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master mason

noun
1.
(often initial capital letters) a Freemason who has reached the third degree.
2.
an expert mason.
Origin of master mason
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English maister masoun
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  • The master mason was there luckily, and would not move it till the rector had seen it.

  • But be damned but they smelt her out and swore her in on the spot a master mason.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • A hitch in your master mason's business matters, you told me.

    Pride Eugne Sue
  • The master mason, who was a gruff kind of man, stood scratching his head, and said nothing at first.

    Biographical Stories Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • At the master mason's door they separated, promising to see each other again at an early day.

    Pride Eugne Sue
  • Olivier had left Paris several days before in company with his master mason, and the veteran had just gone out for his daily walk.

    Pride Eugne Sue
  • The architect and his master mason laid the first stone on June 21, 1675.

  • One Enguerrand was the chief designer of the new church, assisted by Jean d'Andeli as master mason.

  • The hod-carrier is a laborer; the bricklayer is a mechanic; the master mason is an artificer.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • It was the work of Mathieu de Layens, master mason, who worked at it from 1448 to 1463.

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