Definition of mason in US English:

mason

noun

  • 1A builder and worker in stone.

    • ‘The labourers stand in cheaply-bought clogs while the skilled masons are marked out by their leather boots.’
    • ‘An understanding of the basic bond types enhances the ability of the designer and mason to build beautiful brickwork with authentic patterns.’
    • ‘He said: ‘For masons in Scotland, as well as historians, this new development is very exciting.’’
    • ‘Under current law any memorial is the responsibility of the stone mason who constructed it for a period of 30 years.’
    • ‘The individual houses rely on simple floor plans and building methods, enabling local masons and craftspeople to construct them.’
    • ‘The masons had to literally take it apart, stone by stone, and reassemble it.’
    • ‘The Minster has a skilled team of masons ready to begin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the granite was being installed for steps and a retaining wall in the formal garden, Paul supervised the mason very carefully.’
    • ‘Its application is an art, not a science, resulting in an endless variety of brick appearances achieved at the talented hands of masons and creative architects.’
    • ‘The stone mason has started work on the first cone and has even provided some weathered stones from his own private store.’
    • ‘Plastering was performed by masons until it became a specialty of its own in the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘All in all, their collective efforts will help specifiers and builders recognize a mason contractor's quality work.’
    • ‘As we report in our cover story, each mason had to solve a unique structural challenge to create the piece.’
    • ‘He also had masons, metal workers and carpenters at hand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pipe fitters, electrical and sheet metal workers, brick masons and ironworkers were reported to have honored picket lines at the stadium worksite.’
    • ‘The masons will be going back to the bare stone and will then have to paint over the top.’
    • ‘He was a mason, plasterer, bricklayer, and later a building contractor.’
    • ‘Among family and friends, the couple made their vows and the only person missing on the day was Jim's beloved father John, a well-known stone mason, who sadly passed away a number of years ago.’
    • ‘Many of them were skilled artisans, such as silversmiths, masons, milliners, cobblers, singers and tailors.’
    • ‘The centre plans to conduct workshops for architects, builders, plumbers and masons, and set up mobile demo teams to spread the concept.’
    • ‘Homeowners, masons, architects, and builders are specifying chimney pots as an alternative to less attractive metal wind and rain guards and flue pipes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He designed stained glass and marquetry and, as the son of a mason, he may have worked in stone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And her father, a retired stone mason, showed her how to carve up the hill into level, plantable tiers.’
    • ‘To use the device, the mason places the stone to be cut on small blocks so that it is slightly higher than the stone to be copied.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Demonstrations by rural craftsmen will feature the work of the thatcher, stone mason, wheelwright, blacksmith, bodger, cooper, cane and rush weaver and stick maker.’
    • ‘Choose your stone mason carefully because once the job is done it is too difficult and costly to change.’
    • ‘He was a top class stone mason and had a fondness for working with stone.’
    • ‘Look at the mortar and bricks on your chimney; you may need a mason to make necessary repairs.’
    • ‘However, some stone described by builders or masons as marble is not really marble in the geological sense, but is just some variety of unmetamorphosed limestone that can be cut and polished.’
    • ‘The building trades are well represented, with carpenters, masons, painters and plasterers all listed.’
    • ‘He ends the book by citing the medieval stone masons, who carved beautiful sculptures on the top of churches, or in their hidden parts, because they believed that God was watching.’
    • ‘I recommend you consult with a professional mason in your area.’
    • ‘Handel's peace was soon disrupted by builders, plasterers and masons.’
  • 2A Freemason.

    • ‘As a mason, he would mix socially with other masons, many of them local police officers, the theory dictates.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is similarly unconvinced, taking the grand master of the Masons at his word when he denied that the man had been a member.’
    • ‘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 judiciary and police service operate voluntary arrangements for masons in their ranks to reveal their membership, although implementation of the system is patchy.’
    • ‘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.'’
    • ‘My father and uncles were Masons and Papa's mother was an Eastern Star.’
    • ‘Is this your coy way of telling me you wish to join the Masons?’
    • ‘In many of the churches we visit, I find Masons involved as deacons, elders, board members and even pastors.’
    • ‘Apparently, a man who was being initiated into the Masons was accidentally killed during his initiation ceremony.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sadly, ongoing conspiracy theories about the Masons in all probability fueled some of this speculation.’
    • ‘It is believed that thousands of clergy and churchgoers are among the 350,000 British members of the Masons.’
    • ‘On his deathbed, he asked for a Masonic funeral, and seventy-six Masons came forward the next day for the ceremony.’
    • ‘Political networking among friendly Masons, though influential, was not the only factor at work in this instance.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Build from or strengthen with stone.

    • ‘She took a closer look out her masoned window, and was relieved when she saw the person she had hoped to see.’
    • ‘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 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 hypocausts from masoned brickwork were surprisingly well preserved.’
    • ‘The doorway is supported, on the right-hand side only, by a masoned jamb or toweright.’
    1. 1.1 Cut, hew, or dress (stone).
      • ‘Soon we were supplying the trade primarily with masoned stone, most usually in the form of new doorsteps.’
      • ‘He had a delicately masoned stone plaque built into a wall by the fortress bearing his coat of arms and the year of construction.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Our masoned stone originally comes from blocks of stone which are taken off their natural beds and split into manageable sizes.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

mason

/ˈmās(ə)n//ˈmeɪs(ə)n/