A person you would call to build your fireplace is an example of a mason.
- a person whose work is building with stone, brick, concrete, etc.
Origin of masonOld French maçon ; from Medieval Latin macio ; from Frankish an unverified form makjo- ; from an unverified form makon, akin to Old English macian, to make
- One who builds or works with stone or brick.
- Mason A Freemason.
transitive verbma·soned, ma·son·ing, ma·sons
Origin of masonMiddle English, from Old French maçon, masson, of Germanic origin; see mag- in Indo-European roots.
- One whose occupation is to build with stone or brick; also, one who prepares stone for building purposes.
- A member of the fraternity of Freemasons. See Freemason.
(third-person singular simple present masons, present participle masoning, simple past and past participle masoned)
- 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.
From Middle English masoun, machun, from Anglo-Norman machun, masson, from Old Low Frankish *mattio, from Proto-Germanic *maitÃ´ (compare German obsolete Metz, Steinmetz), from *maitanÄ… (“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 mÃ itÃ¢t (“to spoil, destroy")), enlargement of Proto-Indo-European *mei- (“to change, exchange"). More at mean, mutate.
- A Freemason.