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Mason

[mey-suhn]
noun
1.
Bobbie Ann, born 1940, U.S. short-story writer and novelist.
2.
Charles, 1730–87, English astronomer and surveyor. Compare Mason-Dixon line.
3.
George, 1725–92, American statesman.
4.
Lowell, 1792–1872, U.S. hymnist and educator.
5.
a male given name.
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mason (ˈmeɪsən)
 
n
1.  a person skilled in building with stone
2.  a person who dresses stone
 
vb
3.  (tr) to construct or strengthen with masonry
 
[C13: from Old French masson, of Frankish origin; perhaps related to Old English macian to make]

Mason (ˈmeɪsən)
 
n
short for Freemason

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Word Origin & History

mason
c.1200, from O.Fr. masson (O.N.Fr. machun), probably from Frankish *makjo (cf. O.H.G. steinmezzo "stone mason," related to mahhon "to make;" see make (v.)). But it also may be from, or influenced by, M.L. machio, matio (7c.) which is said by Isidore to be derived from machina
(see machine). The word also may be from the root of L. maceria "wall." Meaning "a Freemason" is attested from early 15c. in Anglo-French.
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Mason definition


an artificer in stone. The Tyrians seem to have been specially skilled in architecture (1 Kings 5:17, 18; 2 Sam. 5:11). This art the Hebrews no doubt learned in Egypt (Ex. 1:11, 14), where ruins of temples and palaces fill the traveller with wonder at the present day.

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