a member of an international fraternal order dating from the 18th cent. and retaining architectural symbolism and various secret rituals
also Free and Accepted Mason
Origin of Freemasonfrom obsolete freemason, a skilled itinerant mason, free to move from town to town without restraint by local guilds
- Freemason A member of the Free and Accepted Masons, an international fraternal and charitable organization with secret rites and signs.
- A member of a guild of skilled itinerant masons during the Middle Ages.