mason

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From Middle English masoun, machun, from Anglo-Norman machun, masson, from Old Low Frankish *mattio, from Proto-Germanic *maitô (compare German obsolete Metz, Steinmetz), from *maitaną (to cut, hew) (compare Old High German meizan, East Frisian matje, Old Norse meita), from Proto-Indo-European *mai-d- (to alter) (compare Old Lithuanian apmaitinti (to wound), Latvian màitât (to spoil, destroy)), enlargement of Proto-Indo-European *mei- (to change, exchange). More at mean, mutate.

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mason (plural masons)

  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.

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mason (third-person singular simple present masons, present participle masoning, simple past and past participle masoned)

  1. (transitive) 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.

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mason sg

  1. accusative singular of maso