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free·ma·son

 (frē′mā′sən)
n.
1. Freemason A member of the Free and Accepted Masons, an international fraternal and charitable organization with secret rites and signs.
2. A member of a guild of skilled itinerant masons during the Middle Ages.

freemason

(ˈfriːˌmeɪsən)
n
(Historical Terms) medieval history a member of a guild of itinerant skilled stonemasons, who had a system of secret signs and passwords with which they recognized each other
freemasonic adj

Freemason

(ˈfriːˌmeɪsən)
n
a member of the widespread secret order, constituted in London in 1717, of Free and Accepted Masons, pledged to brotherly love, faith, and charity. Sometimes shortened to: Mason
Freemasonic adj

Free•ma•son

(ˈfriˌmeɪ sən, ˌfriˈmeɪ-)

n.
1. a member of a widely distributed secret order (Free and Accepted Masons), having for its object mutual assistance and the promotion of brotherly love.
2. (l.c.) a member of a medieval secret society of stoneworkers.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Freemason - a member of a widespread secret fraternal order pledged to mutual assistance and brotherly loveFreemason - a member of a widespread secret fraternal order pledged to mutual assistance and brotherly love
Freemasonry, Masonry - Freemasons collectively
brother - a male person who is a fellow member (of a fraternity or religion or other group); "none of his brothers would betray him"
Knight Templar - a man who belongs to a Masonic order in the United States
Translations
franco-maçom

freemason

[ˈfriːˌmeɪsn] N(franc)masón m

freemason

[ˈfriːmeɪsən] nfranc-maçon m

Freemason

[ˈfriːˌmeɪsn] nmassone m
References in classic literature ?
Them French boats are chock-full o' Freemasons, an' that's why.
There surely is no general sympathy among knaves; nor have they, like freemasons, any common sign of communication.
snapped Valognes--"some plot of the Jews and Freemasons.
He believed that freemasons generally get on in the world, and as the main object of his life was to get on, he joined them, and wanted me to do the same.
Oh, yes, we sailors are like freemasons, and recognize each other by signs.
But he must be a Freemason," said he, referring to the abbe whom he had met that evening.
Mr Boffin, as if he were about to have his portrait painted, or to be electrified, or to be made a Freemason, or to be placed at any other solitary disadvantage, ascended the rostrum prepared for him.
Saradine was a French freemason and a fierce atheist, and a priest moved him by the law of contraries.
But Councillor Sambrook, a Tory who represents Kingstanding, said Freemasons did a great job for charities and its members were ordinary people - despite the "funny handshakes".
MANCHESTER'S Freemasons Hall has reopened after a multi-million pound refurbishment.
Author Alain de Keghel (who served as chair of Supreme Council of the Grand Orient of France from 2002 to 2008) examines ways in which the principles of Freemasonry could become relevant to American society once again, centuries after Freemasons played notable roles in the American Revolution.
I had to laugh when this "website" asserted that Freemasons pride themselves on "transparency" and encourage their members to announce their membership