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


biographical name (2)

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

There was a pigeon skeleton, an old shoe, and a mason’s bucket trowel. Joe Alonso, Popular Mechanics, "The Head Stonemason of the National Cathedral Has One Tool He'll Never Get Rid Of," 28 Sep. 2018 His father, a barely literate stone mason, and mother, a cleaning lady, were devout Roman Catholics. Josh Jacobs, WSJ, "Chef Joël Robuchon Found Exacting Ways to Prepare Simple French Food," 10 Aug. 2018 Original Dutch Colonial homes were typically made of brick or stone (the Dutch were considered by many to be the best masons in the world at that time), were one-room deep and either two or three rooms wide, with chimneys on the ends of the house. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "So What Is Dutch Colonial Style, Anyway?," 23 Oct. 2018 Laborers lead donkeys and camels with loads of building material to the site, while stonecutters and masons climb the wall and occasionally suffer falls and other mishaps. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient “comic strip” depicts the founding of a Roman city," 10 Oct. 2018 Lavaux’s spectacular terrace walls were erected in the 1400s by northern Italian masons. Ray Isle, Smithsonian, "Your Next Favorite European Wine Region Isn’t in France, Italy or Spain," 23 May 2018 His father, Anthony, was a mason, and his mother, Elizabeth (Laganigro) Megliola, was a seamstress. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Nick Meglin, 82, a Mad Magazine Mainstay, Is Dead," 12 June 2018 His father, a mason tender in Connecticut, is a member of the Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 665 in Bridgeport, Conn. New York Times, "Silvia Garcia, Roberto Cotto," 1 July 2018 The work done by these masons is first class in every respect. Arthur Hart, idahostatesman, "When Idaho’s frontier towns turned to brick, many looked nearby for kilns," 23 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'mason.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about mason

Statistics for mason

Last Updated

28 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for mason

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for mason



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) \

Kids Definition of mason

: a person who builds or works with stone or brick

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on mason

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with mason

Spanish Central: Translation of mason

Nglish: Translation of mason for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of mason for Arabic Speakers

Comments on mason

What made you want to look up mason? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to boil down or concentrate

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!