[mey-suh n]
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  1. 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.
  2. a person who dresses stones or bricks.
  3. (initial capital letter) a Freemason.
verb (used with object)
  1. to construct of or strengthen with masonry.

Origin of mason

1175–1225; Middle English machun, mason < Old French machun, masson < Frankish *makjon maker, derivative of *makōn to make1
Related formsnon·ma·son, noun


[mey-suh n]
  1. Bobbie Ann,born 1940, U.S. short-story writer and novelist.
  2. Charles,1730–87, English astronomer and surveyor.Compare Mason-Dixon line.
  3. George,1725–92, American statesman.
  4. Lowell,1792–1872, U.S. hymnist and educator.
  5. a male given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  1. a person skilled in building with stone
  2. a person who dresses stone
  1. (tr) to construct or strengthen with masonry

Word Origin for mason

C13: from Old French masson, of Frankish origin; perhaps related to Old English macian to make


  1. short for Freemason
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Word Origin and History for mason

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.

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