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1 American Revolutionary leader from Virginia whose objections led to the drafting of the Bill of Rights (1725-1792) [syn: George Mason]
2 English film actor (1909-1984) [syn: James Mason, James Neville Mason]
3 English writer (1865-1948) [syn: A. E. W. Mason, Alfred Edward Woodley Mason]
4 a craftsman who works with stone or brick [syn: stonemason]
5 a member of a widespread secret fraternal order pledged to mutual assistance and brotherly love [syn: Freemason]

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From masson (French maçon), from Late Latin macio, machio, mattio, mactio, marcio, macerio; of uncertain origin



  1. One whose occupation is to build with stone or brick; also, one who prepares stone for building purposes.
  2. A member of the fraternity of Freemasons. See Freemason.


one who builds with stone or brick

Derived terms

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  • Mason bee (Zoölogy): any one of numerous species of solitary bees of the genus Osmia. They construct curious nests of hardened mud and sand
  • Mason moth (Zoölogy): any moth whose larva constructs an earthen cocoon under the soil
  • Mason shell (Zoölogy): a marine univalve shell of the genus Phorus; -- so called because it cements other shells and pebbles upon its own shell; a carrier shell
  • Mason wasp (Zoölogy):'' any wasp that constructs its nest, or brood cells, of hardened mud. The female fills the cells with insects or spiders, paralyzed by a sting, and thus provides food for its larvæ


  1. To build stonework or brickwork about, under, in, over, etc.; to construct by masons; -- with a prepositional suffix; as, to mason up a well or terrace; to mason in a kettle or boiler.

Extensive Definition

A mason is a worker who builds in brick or stone, otherwise known as masonry.
Mason may also refer to:

See also

mason in German: Mason
mason in French: Mason
mason in Dutch: Mason
mason in Japanese: メイソン
mason in Volapük: Mason

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

carver, chaser, clay modeler, earth artist, figurer, figuriste, gem carver, graver, modeler, molder, monumental mason, sculptor, sculptress, sculpturer, statuary, stonecutter, wax modeler, wood carver
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