/ˈfrimeɪsən/ (say 'freemaysuhn)

1. (in medieval Europe) one of a class of skilled stoneworkers.
2. a member of a society or lodge composed of such workers, later (17th century) including honorary members (known as accepted masons) who were not connected with the building trades and were generally luminaries of some kind.
{free (? in the sense of 'not under a bond') + mason}
freemasonic /friməˈsɒnɪk/ (say freemuh'sonik), adjective

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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