a person whose trade is building with units of various natural or artificial mineral products, as stones, bricks, cinder blocks, or tiles, usually with the use of mortar or cement as a bonding agent.
a person who dresses stones or bricks.
(initial capital letter) a Freemason.
verb (used with object)
to construct of or strengthen with masonry.

1175–1225; Middle English machun, mason < Old French machun, masson < Frankish *makjon maker, derivative of *makōn to make1

nonmason, noun Unabridged


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a male given name. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
mason (ˈmeɪsən)
1.  a person skilled in building with stone
2.  a person who dresses stone
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)
short for Freemason

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Word Origin & History

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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Bible Dictionary

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
Those medieval masons and other workmen, in building their cathedral, far
  exceeded what one might have expected of them.
The blocks jostled together during their journey in the ship, then masons at
  the destination finished them.
So much the worse if you find nothing and if the masons get angry.
For ages, aspiring master masons served long apprenticeships until they were
  judged ready to erect their own designs.
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