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Freemason

[ free-mey-suhn, free-mey- ]
/ ˈfriˌmeɪ sən, ˌfriˈmeɪ- /
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noun

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.

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for Freemason (1 of 2)

freemason
/ (ˈfriːˌmeɪsən) /

noun

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
freemasonic (ˌfriːməˈsɒnɪk), adjective

British Dictionary definitions for Freemason (2 of 2)

Freemason
/ (ˈfriːˌmeɪsən) /

noun

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
Freemasonic (ˌfriːməˈsɒnɪk), adjective
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