Free and Accepted Masons


See under Freemason(def 1).

Definition for free and accepted masons (2 of 2)

[ free-mey-suh n, free-mey- ]
/ ˈfriˌmeɪ sən, ˌfriˈmeɪ- /


a member of a widely distributed secret order (Free and Accepted Masons), having for its object mutual assistance and the promotion of brotherly love among its members.
(lowercase) History/Historical.
  1. one of a class of skilled stoneworkers of the Middle Ages, possessing secret signs and passwords.
  2. a member of a society composed of such workers, which also included honorary members (accepted masons) not connected with the building trades.

Origin of Freemason

First recorded in 1350–1400, Freemason is from the Middle English word fremason. See free, mason


free·ma·son·ic [free-muh-son-ik] /ˌfri məˈsɒn ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for free and accepted masons (1 of 2)

/ (ˈfriːˌmeɪsən) /


medieval history a member of a guild of itinerant skilled stonemasons, who had a system of secret signs and passwords with which they recognized each other

Derived forms of freemason

freemasonic (ˌfriːməˈsɒnɪk), adjective

British Dictionary definitions for free and accepted masons (2 of 2)

/ (ˈfriːˌmeɪsən) /


a member of the widespread secret order, constituted in London in 1717, of Free and Accepted Masons, pledged to brotherly love, faith, and charitySometimes shortened to: Mason

Derived forms of Freemason

Freemasonic (ˌfriːməˈsɒnɪk), adjective
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