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[mey-suh n-ree]
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noun, plural ma·son·ries.
  1. the craft or occupation of a mason.
  2. work constructed by a mason, especially stonework: the crumbling masonry of ancient walls.
  3. (initial capital letter) Freemasonry.
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Origin of masonry

1325–75; Middle English masonerie < Middle French maçonnerie. See mason, -ery
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noun plural -ries
  1. the craft of a mason
  2. work that is built by a mason; stonework or brickwork
  3. (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).

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