freemasonry

[free-mey-suh n-ree]
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. freeman, douglas southall,
  2. freeman, mary eleanor wilkins,
  3. freemartin,
  4. freemason,
  5. freemasonic,
  6. freemasons,
  7. freemium,
  8. freeper,
  9. freephone,
  10. freeport

Origin of freemasonry

First recorded in 1400–50, freemasonry is from the late Middle English word fremasonry. See Freemason, -ry

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British Dictionary definitions for freemasonry

freemasonry

noun

natural or tacit sympathy and understanding

Freemasonry

noun

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

Freemasonry

n.

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

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