Definition of Lapidary

1. Noun. An expert on precious stones and the art of cutting and engraving them.

Exact synonyms: Lapidarist
Generic synonyms: Expert
Derivative terms: Lapidarist, Lapidist



2. Adjective. Of or relating to precious stones or the art of working with them. "Lapidary art"
Partainyms: Gemstone

3. Noun. A skilled worker who cuts and engraves precious stones.
Exact synonyms: Lapidist
Generic synonyms: Engraver
Derivative terms: Lapidarist, Lapidist

Definition of Lapidary

1. n. An artificer who cuts, polishes, and engraves precious stones; hence, a dealer in precious stones.

2. a. Of or pertaining to the art of cutting stones, or engraving on stones, either gems or monuments; as, lapidary ornamentation.

Definition of Lapidary

1. Noun. A person who cuts, polishes, engraves, or deals in gems. ¹

2. Noun. (archaic)  a treatise on precious stones ¹

3. Adjective. Pertaining to gems and precious stones, or the art of working them. ¹

4. Adjective. Suitable for inscriptions; efficient, stately, concise. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Lapidary

1. one who works with precious stones [n -DARIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lapidary

lapel
lapeled
lapelled
lapelless
lapels
lapful
lapfuls
laphamite
lapheld
lapicide
lapicides
lapidarian
lapidaries
lapidarious
lapidarist
lapidary (current term)
lapidate
lapidated
lapidates
lapidating
lapidation
lapidations
lapidator
lapideous
lapides
lapidescence
lapidescences
lapidescent
lapidification
lapidifications

Literary usage of Lapidary

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1. Legends and Satires from Medieval Literature by Martha Hale Shackford (1913)
"Macmillan and Company, London, 1895. lapidary SELECTIONS FROM LAPIDARIES ... There was so much interest in this lapidary that it was frequently translated ..."

2. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1861)
"The apparatus employed by the lapidary consists almost exclusively of wheels ... The various disks used by the lapidary are adjusted to a vertical spindle ..."

3. Insect Architecture by James Rennie (1830)
"lapidary-BEES. A bee still more common, perhaps, than the carder, is the orange-tailed ... Unlike the carder, the lapidary carries to its nest bits of moss, ..."

4. American Anthropologist by American Anthropological Association, American Ethnological Society (1892)
"... PROCESSES OF THE ABORIGINAL lapidary. I BY JOSEPH D. M'GUIRE. In nearly every city of the world public collections of prehistoric archeology are found, ..."

5. Gutenberg, and the Art of Printing by Emily Clemens Pearson (1871)
"For not only was he educated, but he cultivated a literary taste, and had chosen a trade, that of the lapidary, or polisher of precious stones. ..."

6. Intaglio Engraving, Past and Present by Edward Renton (1896)
"Meanwhile the harder and finer stones had been successfully conquered by the lapidary, who at that time produced work which would even at the present day be ..."

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