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

Examples of mason in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 In 1986, Hall invited the Chinese artist Lily Yeh to the neighborhood to work with his friend, the local mason JoJo Williams, to transform the vacant lots. New York Times, 3 May 2021 Becker also worked as a mason and owned his own business. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Apr. 2021 Coronavirus claimed 35-year-old Pedro Alfaro Vargas, a stone mason from Norwalk, the youngest to die. Dave Altimari,, 15 Nov. 2020 In 1968 Boyd moved from Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale and became a mason by day and a bartender on the beach by night. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, 12 Nov. 2020 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, 7 Sep. 2020 His father was a brick mason who sold moonshine on the side. Tim Weiner, New York Times, 9 May 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 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mason

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


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

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: a person who builds or works with stone or brick

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