lapidary
I. noun (plural -daries) Date: 14th century 1. a cutter, polisher, or engraver of precious stones usually other than diamonds 2. the art of cutting gems II. adjective Etymology: Latin lapidarius of stone, from lapid-, lapis stone Date: 1724 1. having the elegance and precision associated with inscriptions on monumental stone <
a stanza that has a lapidary dignity
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2. a. sculptured in or engraved on stone b. of, relating to, or suggestive of precious stones or the art of cutting them

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  • Lapidary — Lap i*da*ry, n.; pl. {Lapidaries}. [L. lapidarius, fr. lapidarius pertaining to stone: cf. F. lapidaire.] 1. An artificer who cuts, polishes, and engraves precious stones; hence, a dealer in precious stones. [1913 Webster] 2. A virtuoso skilled… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lapidary — Lap i*da*ry, a. [L. lapidarius pertaining to stone: cf. F. lapidaire.] 1. Of or pertaining to the art of cutting stones, or engraving on stones, either gems or monuments; as, lapidary ornamentation. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or pertaining to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lapidary — (n.) one skilled in working with precious stones, late 14c., from O.Fr. lapidaire (12c.), from L. lapidarius stonecutter, originally an adjective of or working with stone, from lapis (gen. lapidis) stone. Meaning a treatise on precious stones is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • lapidary — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to the engraving, cutting, or polishing of stones and gems. 2) (of language) elegant and concise. ► NOUN (pl. lapidaries) ▪ a person who cuts, polishes, or engraves stones and gems. ORIGIN Latin lapidarius, from lapis… …   English terms dictionary

  • lapidary — [lap′ə der΄ē] n. pl. lapidaries [ME lapidarie < LL lapidarius < L, of stones < lapis (gen. lapidis), a stone, akin to Gr lepas, ult.? < IE base * lep : see LEPER] 1. a person who cuts, polishes, and engraves precious stones 2. the art …   English World dictionary

  • Lapidary — A lapidary (the word means concerned with stones ) is an artisan who practices the craft of working, forming and finishing stone, mineral, gemstones, and other suitably durable materials (amber, shell, jet, pearl, copal, coral, horn and bone,… …   Wikipedia

  • lapidary — /lap i der ee/, n., pl. lapidaries, adj. n. 1. Also, lapidist /lap i dist/. a worker who cuts, polishes, and engraves precious stones. 2. Also, lapidarist /leuh pid euhr ist/. an expert in precious stones and the art or techniques used in cutting …   Universalium

  • lapidary — lap•i•dar•y [[t]ˈlæp ɪˌdɛr i[/t]] n. pl. dar•ies, adj. 1) jew Also, lap′i•dist. a worker who cuts, polishes, and engraves precious stones. 2) jew Also, la•pid•ar•ist [[t]ləˈpɪd ər ɪst[/t]] an expert in precious stones and the art or techniques… …   From formal English to slang

  • lapidary — 1. noun /ˈlæpɪdəri/ A person who cuts, polishes, engraves, or deals in gems. 2. adjective /ˈlæpɪdəri/ a) Pertaining to gems and precious stones, or the art of working them. , 2000: The sole truth was that supplied by mathematics or by such… …   Wiktionary

  • lapidary — lap|i|da|ry [ˈlæpıdəri US deri] adj [only before noun] [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: lapidarius, from lapis stone ] 1.) formal well written and accurate ▪ the lapidary style of the poem 2.) technical relating to the cutting or polishing of… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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