Definition of Freemasonry in US English:



  • 1The system and institutions of the Freemasons.

    • ‘There are 33 degrees of initiation in freemasonry, the 33rd degree being the highest.’
    • ‘His interests in magic, freemasonry, the military, and mnemonics continued.’
    • ‘More than 750 boxes were shipped to the Grand Orient of France, the Paris-based headquarters of the French freemasonry, earlier this year.’
    • ‘The rituals associated with freemasonry are available to any user of quality public libraries or the readers of the Old and New Testaments.’
    • ‘To his Russian Orthodoxy he added freemasonry, spiritualism, and a huge dose of the Yoga, Hinduism and Buddhism that were a legacy of the many years he lived in the Himalayas.’
    • ‘Attracted by the ideals and the comradeship of freemasonry, he joined a Viennese lodge in 1784 and remained a member for the rest of his life.’
    • ‘For the audience, it was an occasion to discover freemasonry.’
    • ‘In engineering and freemasonry, this is known as the Golden Ratio.’
    • ‘He was also extremely suspicious of the influence of freemasonry in the police force.’
    • ‘While copying guild models, friendly societies also adopted elements of the secret freemasonry movement, specifically rites, rituals and codes of conduct.’
    • ‘No one knows just how old freemasonry is because the actual origins have been lost in time.’
    • ‘In 1821 some grouped themselves in the charbonnerie, an offshoot of the Italian carbonari, a secret society which revered the principles of 1789 and adopted the symbols and ideas of radical freemasonry.’
    • ‘There are also reference works, novels of different kinds, books of poetry, and volumes on special topics such as horses, ships, wine, gardening, freemasonry, knots, and entertainment.’
    • ‘They will not be able to tell you how freemasonry began, however.’
  • 2Instinctive sympathy or fellow feeling between people with something in common.

    ‘the unshakable freemasonry of actors in a crisis’
    • ‘It's the freemasonry of food, a wilfully complicated Sealed Knot ballet of side plates, fish forks and devices to remove antennae from langoustine.’
    • ‘But what can we learn from our fellow members of the international freemasonry of feeling rubbish?’
    • ‘Entrance to Oxbridge is always on merit, not the result of the undeclared freemasonry that just happens to prefer confidence and good diction in an interview to a clutch of Highers or A-levels.’
    • ‘He nonetheless manages to touch in a few reference points and landmark experiences: broken home, petty crime, trauma in Vietnam and prison, mental illness, and induction into the weird, anonymous freemasonry of map-trading.’