ma·​son | \ ˈmā-sᵊn How to pronounce mason (audio) \

Definition of mason

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a skilled worker who builds by laying units of substantial material (such as stone or brick)
2 capitalized : freemason


biographical name (1)
Ma·​son | \ ˈmā-sᵊn How to pronounce Mason (audio) \

Definition of Mason (Entry 2 of 3)

Charles 1728–1786 English astronomer and surveyor


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Definition of Mason (Entry 3 of 3)

George 1725–1792 American statesman in Revolution

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My father was a mason contractor and I was exposed to construction early. Michelle Archer, The Seattle Times, "He delivers big Seattle-area development projects from start to finish," 12 Apr. 2019 On one high-end construction project currently under way in New York City, master brick masons had to be imported from western Pennsylvania. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Worker Skills to Pay the Bills," 25 July 2019 Campanile is a fifth-generation mason who worked in his father’s construction company as a teen. Catalina Righter,, "Carroll County Career and Technology Center teachers named semifinalists for national prize," 24 July 2019 Grade slab was poured while masons started new wall installation. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Improvements at Brown Deer Schools are nearing completion and should be done by late August," 17 July 2019 Without Tennessee and masons of Tennessee there would be no Texas. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Masonic Lodge leader shares his love of Katy community," 16 June 2019 Only the top master masons were selected to design Harlech Castle, and one of those was Master James of St. George. Christine Van Blokland, USA TODAY, "Take Me Away: Castles and cuteness in North Wales," 17 Jan. 2018 Cristin Smith of Nature’s Way Bird Products will discuss mason bees, leafcutter bees and other gentle native pollinators for farms, gardens and parks. Joan Rusek,, "Jump into summer fun with new activities galore: Valley Views," 16 June 2019 The mason's marks carved into the quarry-stone lintels are stick figures and feather arrows, suggesting a pre-literate group of stone workers. Mark Stevenson, Fox News, "Experts restore what might be oldest house in Mexico," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of mason


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mason


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

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English Language Learners Definition of mason

: a skilled worker who builds or works with stone, brick, or concrete


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Kids Definition of mason

: a person who builds or works with stone or brick

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