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Mason

[mey-suh n] /ˈmeɪ sən/
noun
1.
Bobbie Ann, born 1940, U.S. short-story writer and novelist.
2.
Charles, 1730–87, English astronomer and surveyor.
3.
George, 1725–92, American statesman.
4.
Lowell, 1792–1872, U.S. hymnist and educator.
5.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for c. mason

mason

/ˈmeɪsən/
noun
1.
a person skilled in building with stone
2.
a person who dresses stone
verb
3.
(transitive) to construct or strengthen with masonry
Word Origin
C13: from Old French masson, of Frankish origin; perhaps related to Old English macian to make

Mason

/ˈmeɪsən/
noun
1.
short for Freemason
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Word Origin and History for c. mason

mason

n.

c.1200, "stoneworker" (as a surname, early 12c.), from Old French masson, maçon "stone mason" (Old North French machun), probaby from Frankish *makjo or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German steinmezzo "stone mason," Modern German Steinmetz, second element related to mahhon "to make;" see make (v.)). But it also might be from, or influenced by, Medieval Latin machio, matio (7c.) which is said by Isidore to be derived from machina (see machine). The medieval word also might be from the root of Latin maceria "wall." Meaning "a Freemason" is attested from early 15c. in Anglo-French.

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c. mason in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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