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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This work, once done by stone masons, demands a lot of skill and tremendous patience. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "How to Discover Dinosaurs," 3 Sep. 2019 The mason bee results suggest that bees could suffer or starve if certain microbes disappear from their diet. Paige Embry, Scientific American, "Surprise: Bees Need Meat," 23 Aug. 2019 The same can be said of Dryburgh Abbey, where a guide dressed as a stone mason took a few minutes to explain the intricacies of stone cutting. Los Angeles Times, "Scotland a foodie haven? ’Tis true. And so is this: Haggis is kind of great," 20 July 2019 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

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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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