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


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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

Examples of mason in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Basant Ahirwar worked as an expert mason in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state before the country’s coronavirus lockdown shut down business and forced him to return, jobless and largely on foot, to his home in central India’s Madhya Pradesh state. Shuriah Niazi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Indians collect water and a paycheck in aquifer program," 7 Sep. 2020 His father was a brick mason who sold moonshine on the side. Tim Weiner, New York Times, "Little Richard, Flamboyant Wild Man of Rock ’n’ Roll, Dies at 87," 9 May 2020 This son of a stone mason grew up to be the Bernini of the banquet table, and made high art out of elaborate pièces montées, which are essentially edible architectural structures made from the elements of dessert. Gabriella Gershenson, Saveur, "The Structural Soundness of Your Favorite Desserts, According to Architects," 30 Jan. 2017 Early masons used the humble mix of cement, sand, stone, and water to build impressive structures such as the Pantheon (A.D. 126), which is still in use as a house of worship. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make a Concrete Planter," 21 Mar. 2020 Otherwise, hosting mason bees is almost completely hands-off. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "A Bee House Belongs in Your Yard Right Now—Here's How to Clean It," 23 Apr. 2020 Brandon Walling said his father was a mason and avid tennis player who frequented the Franklin Athletic Club and had lots of friends there. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Retired Michigan autoworker found stabbed to death in Jamaica hotel room," 6 Mar. 2020 His father, MacKenzie, was a mason, welder and boilermaker, and his mother, Eunice, was a homemaker. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "James Hatch, Archivist of Black Theater, Dies at 91," 20 Mar. 2020 Skilled tradesmen, such as carpenters, plumbers and masons, earned over $55,000 annually, not including overtime, according to a 2018 national survey. Dallas News, "Help wanted: Why the construction industry is recruiting more women," 8 Mar. 2020

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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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“Mason.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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