free·​ma·​son·​ry | \ ˈfrē-ˈmā-sᵊn-rē How to pronounce freemasonry (audio) \

Definition of freemasonry

1 capitalized : the principles, institutions, or practices of Freemasons

called also Masonry

2 : natural fellowship based on some common experience

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Recent Examples on the Web The document includes information on British Jewish organizations, strategic locations, maps, parliament, private schools, freemasonry and photos of persons of interest, particularly foreign nationals who had fled the Nazis. Fox News, "Hitler’s chilling plan for the invasion of Britain surfaces, up for auction," 14 Sep. 2019 La Grange was the site of the Kentucky Masonic College, a center for freemasonry and home to Rob Morris who founded the Order of the Eastern Star. The Courier-Journal, "50+ fun things for week of June 22-28," 21 June 2017

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First Known Use of freemasonry

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Freemasonry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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