Definition of mason in English:

mason

noun

  • 1A person skilled in cutting, dressing, and laying stone in buildings.

    ‘the chief mason at Westminster Abbey’
    • ‘The Minster has a skilled team of masons ready to begin.’
    • ‘A temple project would often be of such magnitude that more than one generation of master cutters and masons would be required to finish it.’
    • ‘The labourers stand in cheaply-bought clogs while the skilled masons are marked out by their leather boots.’
    • ‘Many of them were skilled artisans, such as silversmiths, masons, milliners, cobblers, singers and tailors.’
    • ‘The building trades are well represented, with carpenters, masons, painters and plasterers all listed.’
    • ‘He was a mason, plasterer, bricklayer, and later a building contractor.’
    • ‘Under current law any memorial is the responsibility of the stone mason who constructed it for a period of 30 years.’
    • ‘Visitors can watch masons, carvers and carpenters at work and there will be tours of the building including the drawing shop and the plaster cast museum.’
    • ‘Choose your stone mason carefully because once the job is done it is too difficult and costly to change.’
    • ‘The stone mason has started work on the first cone and has even provided some weathered stones from his own private store.’
    • ‘The individual houses rely on simple floor plans and building methods, enabling local masons and craftspeople to construct them.’
    • ‘If the wells are made of brick, a mason or a skilled handyman can add another row or two of bricks on top of the existing wall.’
    • ‘Plastering was performed by masons until it became a specialty of its own in the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘He said: ‘For masons in Scotland, as well as historians, this new development is very exciting.’’
    • ‘The masons will be going back to the bare stone and will then have to paint over the top.’
    • ‘He designed stained glass and marquetry and, as the son of a mason, he may have worked in stone.’
    • ‘In a tool-shed at the bottom of the garden, lay the relics of building-materials, left by masons lately employed to repair a part of the premises.’
    • ‘That's where my holidays were spent, playing in the drawing offices and with the masons and glaziers.’
    • ‘Since then, other building trades, such as the cement masons and bricklayers, have conceded similar changes in their labor contracts with the city.’
    • ‘Anyone who arrived at the building site and claimed that they were a master mason would be tested by the Master Mason and by master masons already working on the site.’
  • 2A Freemason.

    ‘a Mason's handshake’
    • ‘You've talked to people who were masons and what they said made the organization sound interesting, and you want to know more about Masonry.’
    • ‘The masons, a highly secretive society which traces its roots back to medieval craft associations, are active in this predominantly Muslim but secular country.'’
    • ‘It is believed that thousands of clergy and churchgoers are among the 350,000 British members of the Masons.’
    • ‘Political networking among friendly Masons, though influential, was not the only factor at work in this instance.’
    • ‘Is this your coy way of telling me you wish to join the Masons?’
    • ‘As a mason, he would mix socially with other masons, many of them local police officers, the theory dictates.’
    • ‘Sadly, ongoing conspiracy theories about the Masons in all probability fueled some of this speculation.’
    • ‘On his deathbed, he asked for a Masonic funeral, and seventy-six Masons came forward the next day for the ceremony.’
    • ‘My father and uncles were Masons and Papa's mother was an Eastern Star.’
    • ‘The judiciary and police service operate voluntary arrangements for masons in their ranks to reveal their membership, although implementation of the system is patchy.’
    • ‘The inter-denominational service will highlight what masons say is their community work since the founding of the United Grand Lodge of England in 1717.’
    • ‘The Church reciprocated by forbidding membership in the Masons under pain of excommunication.’
    • ‘It was the masons who originally conceived the idea of a tightly-knit religious-intellectual sect, existing within yet apart from mainstream society.’
    • ‘He is similarly unconvinced, taking the grand master of the Masons at his word when he denied that the man had been a member.’
    • ‘I also have a number of friends who are not Masons, although when I say that they are not Masons, of course I could be completely mistaken.’
    • ‘When the Masons tried to cover it up, the Anti-Masonic movement was born.’
    • ‘Apparently, a man who was being initiated into the Masons was accidentally killed during his initiation ceremony.’
    • ‘In many of the churches we visit, I find Masons involved as deacons, elders, board members and even pastors.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Build from or strengthen with stone.

    ‘the other building was masoned up out of hewn limestone’
    • ‘The town is on the site of an important river crossing, where there is a masoned bridge, as shown on the municipal coat of arms.’
    • ‘The derelict planks of the entrance creak and whine open; a gust of incensed wind trespasses our slice of heaven for a second, and then someone standing at the foot of the masoned steps points up into the shaft: ‘Ahi, Tonin's come!’’
    • ‘The doorway is supported, on the right-hand side only, by a masoned jamb or toweright.’
    • ‘She took a closer look out her masoned window, and was relieved when she saw the person she had hoped to see.’
    • ‘The hypocausts from masoned brickwork were surprisingly well preserved.’
    1. 1.1Cut or dress (stone)
      ‘one course of massive stones, roughly masoned’
      • ‘Our masoned stone originally comes from blocks of stone which are taken off their natural beds and split into manageable sizes.’
      • ‘Soon we were supplying the trade primarily with masoned stone, most usually in the form of new doorsteps.’
      • ‘The use of masoned stone in the building of the Step Pyramid was a considerable technological advance over the use of the mud and burnt brick.’
      • ‘Simple carved images on rough boulders blend easily with natural features in landscape, while the sophisticated textures of masoned stone enhance architectural forms both inside and out.’
      • ‘He had a delicately masoned stone plaque built into a wall by the fortress bearing his coat of arms and the year of construction.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French masson (noun), maçonner (verb), probably of Germanic origin; perhaps related to make.

Pronunciation:

mason

/ˈmeɪs(ə)n/