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stonemason

[stohn-mey-suh n] /ˈstoʊnˌmeɪ sən/
noun
1.
a person who builds with or dresses stone.
Origin of stonemason
1750-1760
First recorded in 1750-60; stone + mason
Related forms
stonemasonry, noun
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  • This was made by one Gerard Janssen, a stonemason of some repute.

    William Shakespeare John Masefield
  • A stonemason working in the churchyard came to my assistance.

  • Mr. Joseph Johnson was a stonemason, and worked hard all day.

    Pippin; A Wandering Flame Laura E. Richards
  • Page 222, line 14, for by entering the stonemason's yard, read in the new excavations.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • Hugh Miller, the great geologist, began life as a stonemason.

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  • The wildest rumors were flying about as to what stonemason Jorgensen had done.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • He learnt the trade of stonemason, took jobs, and kept workmen.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • Hoole, the stonemason, was not rude, but he was as firm as Tait & Taplin in his refusal.

    Peccavi E. W. Hornung
  • And do you know of any builder or stonemason in the neighbourhood with whom you have not discussed me?

    Peccavi E. W. Hornung
British Dictionary definitions for stonemason

stonemason

/ˈstəʊnˌmeɪsən/
noun
1.
a person who is skilled in preparing stone for building
Derived Forms
stonemasonry, noun
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Word Origin and History for stonemason
n.

1758, from stone (n.) + mason. Another name for the profession was hard-hewer (15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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