Lapidary definition

lăpĭ-dĕrē
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The definition of a lapidary is someone who cuts and polishes gems, or the skill of gem-cutting.

An example of a lapidary is a person in a jewelry store who shapes raw diamonds into cut diamonds.

The skill of cutting a precious stone into a wearable jewel is an example of lapidary.

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Of or relating to precious stones or the art of working with them.
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Engraved on stone.
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One who cuts, polishes, or engraves gems.
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A dealer in precious or semiprecious stones.
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Engraved in stone.
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Marked by conciseness, precision, or refinement of expression.

Lapidary prose.

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Sharply or finely delineated.

A face with lapidary features.

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A person who cuts, polishes, and engraves precious stones.
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An expert in precious stones; collector of or dealer in gems.
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Of or connected with the art of cutting and engraving precious stones.
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A person who cuts, polishes, engraves, or deals in gems.

2005 Peter G. Read, "Gemmology"

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An expert in gems or precious stones; a connoisseur of lapidary work.
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(archaic) A treatise on precious stones.
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Pertaining to gems and precious stones, or the art of working them.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
lapidary
Plural:
lapidaries

Origin of lapidary

  • Middle English lapidarie from Old French lapidaire from Latin lapidārius from lapis lapid- stone

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin lapidārius (“of stones") (later used as a noun "˜stone-cutter'), from lapis (“stone").

    From Wiktionary