Definition of mason in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmeɪs(ə)n/


1A person skilled in cutting, dressing, and laying stone in buildings: the chief mason at Westminster Abbey
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  • He was a mason, plasterer, bricklayer, and later a building contractor.
  • If the wells are made of brick, a mason or a skilled handyman can add another row or two of bricks on top of the existing wall.
  • The Minster has a skilled team of masons ready to begin.
2 (Mason) A Freemason: a Mason’s handshake
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  • He is similarly unconvinced, taking the grand master of the Masons at his word when he denied that the man had been a member.
  • The Church reciprocated by forbidding membership in the Masons under pain of excommunication.
  • It is believed that thousands of clergy and churchgoers are among the 350,000 British members of the Masons.


[with object]
1Build from or strengthen with stone: the other building was masoned up out of hewn limestone
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  • The derelict planks of the entrance creak and whine open; a gust of incensed wind trespasses our slice of heaven for a second, and then someone standing at the foot of the masoned steps points up into the shaft: ‘Ahi, Tonin's come!’
  • She took a closer look out her masoned window, and was relieved when she saw the person she had hoped to see.
  • The hypocausts from masoned brickwork were surprisingly well preserved.
1.1Cut or dress (stone): one course of massive stones, roughly masoned
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  • Our masoned stone originally comes from blocks of stone which are taken off their natural beds and split into manageable sizes.
  • Soon we were supplying the trade primarily with masoned stone, most usually in the form of new doorsteps.
  • Simple carved images on rough boulders blend easily with natural features in landscape, while the sophisticated textures of masoned stone enhance architectural forms both inside and out.


Middle English: from Old French masson (noun), maçonner (verb), probably of Germanic origin; perhaps related to make.

Words that rhyme with mason

basin, caisson, chasten, diapason, hasten, Jason
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