ma·​son ˈmā-sᵊn How to pronounce mason (audio)
: a skilled worker who builds by laying units of substantial material (such as stone or brick)
capitalized : freemason

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Brick mason Adam Karn bought the lot in 1856 and built a home for his wife, Barbara, and their four children. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 5 Dec. 2022 The Nakane search, in many ways, was no different than a landscape painter seeking the right color, a mason just the right bricks for his patio wall or a writer seeking the right word. Bob Hill, The Courier-Journal, 3 May 2022 There were two deaths: A mason tumbled into the ocean in 1879, and a painter fell off a ladder onto the rocks in 1911. New York Times, 9 Apr. 2022 As for the birth year of the Big Pig, that seems to be 1935, when Mexican mason Anastacio Gaytan reportedly helped bring it to life, according to a 1995 Express-News history column by Paula Allen. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Oct. 2021 Godbee grew up near Seven Mile and Ryan, the son of a father who was a brick mason and a mother who worked for Michigan Bell. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, 19 Jan. 2022 To repair deteriorating mortar, hire a mason to repoint the brick, a process that involves chiseling or grinding out the mortar about ¾ of an inch back from the face of the brick, then replacing that with new mortar. Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2021 Doebbler House, 713 Main St.: Presently operated as a bed and breakfast, the house was built in 1907 by Richard Doebbler, who was a stone mason and built the original portion of the old Comfort School. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Sep. 2021 Monterrosa was a cement mason and was learning carpentry — for a gun. Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2021 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English macian to make

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mason was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Mason.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


ma·​son ˈmās-ᵊn How to pronounce mason (audio)
: a skilled worker who builds or works with stone, brick, or cement

Biographical Definition

Mason 1 of 2

biographical name (1)

Ma·​son ˈmā-sᵊn How to pronounce Mason (audio)
Charles 1728–1786 English astronomer and surveyor


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biographical name (2)

George 1725–1792 American statesman in Revolution

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