[free-mey-suh n-ree]


secret or tacit brotherhood; fellowship; fundamental bond or rapport: the freemasonry of those who hunger for knowledge.
(initial capital letter) the principles, practices, and institutions of Freemasons.

Origin of freemasonry

First recorded in 1400–50, freemasonry is from the late Middle English word fremasonry. See Freemason, -ry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for freemasonry

Contemporary Examples of freemasonry

Historical Examples of freemasonry

  • He secured this accommodation on the strength of Freemasonry.

    War from the Inside

    Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock

  • The Freemasonry of the sea has a stronger tie than the mere use of technicals.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • For what Freemasonry equals that of two shrewd students of life?


    Charles James Lever

  • There is a freemasonry of dawning womanhood which starts into life everywhere.

  • I made the most of my freemasonry, and they permitted me to retain my overcoat.

British Dictionary definitions for freemasonry



natural or tacit sympathy and understanding



the institutions, rites, practices, etc, of Freemasons
Freemasons collectively
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Word Origin and History for freemasonry



mid-15c., from freemason + -ry.

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