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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 among its members.
2. (l.c.) Hist.
a. one of a class of skilled stoneworkers of the Middle Ages, possessing secret signs and passwords.
b. a member of a society composed of such workers, which also included honorary members (accepted masons) not connected with the building trades.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.