• 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.



  • From Middle English masoun, machun, from Anglo-Norman machun, masson, Old French maçon, from Late Latin maciō ("carpenter, bricklayer"), from a derivative of Frankish *makōn ("to work, build, make"), from Proto-Indo-European *mag- ("to knead, mix, make"), conflated with *mati, from Proto-Germanic *matją, *mattukaz, from Proto-Indo-European *mat- ("hoe, mattock").

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