[mey-suh n-ree]

noun, plural ma·son·ries.

the craft or occupation of a mason.
work constructed by a mason, especially stonework: the crumbling masonry of ancient walls.
(initial capital letter) Freemasonry.

Nearby words

  1. mason, george,
  2. mason, lowell,
  3. mason-dixon line,
  4. masonic,
  5. masonite,
  6. masonry cement,
  7. masora,
  8. masorah,
  9. masorete,
  10. masoretic

Origin of masonry

1325–75; Middle English masonerie < Middle French maçonnerie. See mason, -ery Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for masonry


noun plural -ries

the craft of a mason
work that is built by a mason; stonework or brickwork
(often capital) short for Freemasonry
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Word Origin and History for masonry



"stonework," mid-14c., from Old French maçonerie (14c.), from maçon (see mason).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper