From Middle English masoun, machun, from Anglo-Norman machun, masson, from Frankish *makjo (“maker; builder; see make”); or perhaps from Frankish *mattijo, from Proto-Germanic *mattijô (“hoe; chisel”) (compare German obsolete Metz, Steinmetz), from Proto-Indo-European *matn-, *mat- (“hoe; slegehammer”).
mason (plural masons)
- A bricklayer, one whose occupation is to build with stone or brick
- one who prepares stone for building purposes.
- A member of the fraternity of Freemasons. See Freemason.
- (transitive, normally with a preposition) To build stonework or brickwork about, under, in, over, etc.; to construct by masons
- to mason up a well or terrace
- to mason in a kettle or boiler