- a person whose trade is building with units of various natural or artificial mineral products, as stones, bricks, cinder blocks, or tiles, usually with the use of mortar or cement as a bonding agent.
- a person who dresses stones or bricks.
- (initial capital letter) a Freemason.
- to construct of or strengthen with masonry.
Origin of mason
- Bobbie Ann,born 1940, U.S. short-story writer and novelist.
- Charles,1730–87, English astronomer and surveyor.Compare Mason-Dixon line.
- George,1725–92, American statesman.
- Lowell,1792–1872, U.S. hymnist and educator.
- a male given name.
Related Words for masonproducer, contractor, architect, artisan, manufacturer, maker, inventor, laborer, builder, worker, woodworker, cabinetmaker, originator, fabricator, constructor, mason, framer, chips, joiner, assembler
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Contemporary Examples of mason
It was recorded as a little online extra while Mason and his crew waited to film a stand-up for the broadcast news program.
A network insider insisted: “No expletives were uttered by Mr Mason in the recording of his rant.”
The injuries, she says, only happened when Hawking and Mason were alone.The Other Side of Stephen Hawking: Strippers, Aliens, and Disturbing Abuse Claims
November 6, 2014
Mason said plans had been in place for him to meet with the couple to discuss their upcoming nuptials.
“Anyone would be surprised at how close this has been to home,” Mason said.
Historical Examples of mason
To Pope's corrections, which Garth adopted, Mason had added a comment.De Libris: Prose and Verse
Eileen and I have our house divided by a Mason and Dixon line.Her Father's Daughter
His son William has been with me this winter, and goes in May to be an apprentice to a mason.The Letters of Robert Burns
Mason received the threat as a joke, and laughed in Turkey's face.
I was still boiling with anger when I set off for the village to join Mason.
- a person skilled in building with stone
- a person who dresses stone
- (tr) to construct or strengthen with masonry
Word Origin for mason
- short for Freemason
c.1200, "stoneworker" (as a surname, early 12c.), from Old French masson, maçon "stone mason" (Old North French machun), probaby from Frankish *makjo or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German steinmezzo "stone mason," Modern German Steinmetz, second element related to mahhon "to make;" see make (v.)). But it also might be from, or influenced by, Medieval Latin machio, matio (7c.) which is said by Isidore to be derived from machina (see machine). The medieval word also might be from the root of Latin maceria "wall." Meaning "a Freemason" is attested from early 15c. in Anglo-French.