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freemasonry

[free-mey-suh n-ree]
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noun
  1. secret or tacit brotherhood; fellowship; fundamental bond or rapport: the freemasonry of those who hunger for knowledge.
  2. (initial capital letter) the principles, practices, and institutions of Freemasons.
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Origin of freemasonry

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

    Barrington

    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

freemasonry

noun
  1. natural or tacit sympathy and understanding
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Freemasonry

noun
  1. the institutions, rites, practices, etc, of Freemasons
  2. Freemasons collectively
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Word Origin and History for freemasonry

Freemasonry

n.

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

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