Definition of mason in English:

mason

noun

  • 1A builder and worker in stone.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I recommend you consult with a professional mason in your area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Homeowners, masons, architects, and builders are specifying chimney pots as an alternative to less attractive metal wind and rain guards and flue pipes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All in all, their collective efforts will help specifiers and builders recognize a mason contractor's quality work.’
    • ‘An understanding of the basic bond types enhances the ability of the designer and mason to build beautiful brickwork with authentic patterns.’
    • ‘The centre plans to conduct workshops for architects, builders, plumbers and masons, and set up mobile demo teams to spread the concept.’
    • ‘Pipe fitters, electrical and sheet metal workers, brick masons and ironworkers were reported to have honored picket lines at the stadium worksite.’
    • ‘The masons had to literally take it apart, stone by stone, and reassemble it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Demonstrations by rural craftsmen will feature the work of the thatcher, stone mason, wheelwright, blacksmith, bodger, cooper, cane and rush weaver and stick maker.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And her father, a retired stone mason, showed her how to carve up the hill into level, plantable tiers.’
    • ‘He was a top class stone mason and had a fondness for working with stone.’
    • ‘When the granite was being installed for steps and a retaining wall in the formal garden, Paul supervised the mason very carefully.’
    • ‘Handel's peace was soon disrupted by builders, plasterers and masons.’
    • ‘Look at the mortar and bricks on your chimney; you may need a mason to make necessary repairs.’
  • 2A Freemason.

    • ‘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 Church reciprocated by forbidding membership in the Masons under pain of excommunication.’
    • ‘Apparently, a man who was being initiated into the Masons was accidentally killed during his initiation ceremony.’
    • ‘He is similarly unconvinced, taking the grand master of the Masons at his word when he denied that the man had been a member.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the Masons tried to cover it up, the Anti-Masonic movement was born.’
    • ‘Is this your coy way of telling me you wish to join the Masons?’
    • ‘Sadly, ongoing conspiracy theories about the Masons in all probability fueled some of this speculation.’
    • ‘In many of the churches we visit, I find Masons involved as deacons, elders, board members and even pastors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was the masons who originally conceived the idea of a tightly-knit religious-intellectual sect, existing within yet apart from mainstream society.’
    • ‘As a mason, he would mix socially with other masons, many of them local police officers, the theory dictates.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is believed that thousands of clergy and churchgoers are among the 350,000 British members of the Masons.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Build 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 hypocausts from masoned brickwork were surprisingly well preserved.’
    • ‘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 doorway is supported, on the right-hand side only, by a masoned jamb or toweright.’
    • ‘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!’’
    1. 1.1 Cut, hew, or dress (stone)
      • ‘Our masoned stone originally comes from blocks of stone which are taken off their natural beds and split into manageable sizes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

mason

/ˈmās(ə)n/