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.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Ancient and Accepted Order of Freemasons originated in London in the early 1700s and spread to colonial America.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Freemasons would not volunteer a local member to discuss the new register, but they said they thought it was a human rights infringement.’
- ‘Opus Dei is frequently attacked for its alleged secrecy, and has often been described as a secret society akin to the Freemasons.’
- ‘Of course, we're told that the Freemasons are no longer a secret brotherhood, but a brotherhood with secrets.’
- ‘The house dates back two hundred years and was built by the local Grand Master of the Freemasons.’
- ‘Councillors have a right to be Freemasons but people should know about it.’
- ‘Ask five different people for the origins of the Freemasons and you may get five different explanations.’
- ‘Its structure, organization, and code are the valuable trade secrets of the Freemasons, probably.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He was also a respected and long-serving member of his local Freemasons fraternity, an exclusively male society.’
The original free masons were itinerant skilled stonemasons of the 14th century, who are said to have recognized fellow craftsmen by secret signs. Modern freemasonry is usually traced to the formation of the Grand Lodge in London in 1717; members are typically professionals and businessmen
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