One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of an international order established for mutual help and fellowship, which holds elaborate secret ceremonies.
- ‘Of course, we're told that the Freemasons are no longer a secret brotherhood, but a brotherhood with secrets.’
- ‘But the Freemasons, who have traditionally refused publicly to reveal their membership of the organisation, believe that the new regulations may not stand up to scrutiny.’
- ‘He was also a respected and long-serving member of his local Freemasons fraternity, an exclusively male society.’
- ‘The house dates back two hundred years and was built by the local Grand Master of the Freemasons.’
- ‘Ask five different people for the origins of the Freemasons and you may get five different explanations.’
- ‘The Ancient and Accepted Order of Freemasons originated in London in the early 1700s and spread to colonial America.’
- ‘Its structure, organization, and code are the valuable trade secrets of the Freemasons, probably.’
- ‘Besides these, it appears that only the Freemasons and the Buffaloes remain active in Belfast, although, in many cases, the other brotherhoods lasted well into the 1980s.’
- ‘The loot was later brought to the United States by the Freemasons, a secret society.’
- ‘Opus Dei is frequently attacked for its alleged secrecy, and has often been described as a secret society akin to the Freemasons.’
- ‘The Freemasons would not volunteer a local member to discuss the new register, but they said they thought it was a human rights infringement.’
- ‘He consolidated this position by becoming a member of the Grand Lodge of Freemasons.’
- ‘The process should require any political affiliations to be disclosed along with membership of organisations like the Freemasons.’
- ‘Some French prisoners, who were Freemasons, carved bone snuff boxes depicting a Masonic temple and the all-seeing eye.’
- ‘Councillors have a right to be Freemasons but people should know about it.’
- ‘There is much more to the Freemasons than just funny handshakes.’
- ‘The huge works are the membership registers of the 600 Freemason's lodges of Scotland, the ‘secret’ order reputed to wield legendary influence in the corridors of power.’
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