Definition of lapidary
1 : a cutter, polisher, or engraver of precious stones usually other than diamonds
2 : the art of cutting gems
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The Latin word for "stone" is lapis; in that language, something "of or relating to stone" is described as lapidarius. Gem cutters obviously relate well to stone, and during the 14th century someone decided that lapidarius should be related to them. The spelling of the term was modified, and it was borrowed into English as a name for both gem cutters and their art. Since the 1700s, lapidary has also been used as an adjective describing things having the elegance and precision of inscriptions carved on stone monuments or things relating to the art of gem cutting.
First Known Use of lapidary
Definition of lapidary
1 : having the elegance and precision associated with inscriptions on monumental stone <a stanza that has a lapidary dignity>
2 a : sculptured in or engraved on stone b : of, relating to, or suggestive of precious stones or the art of cutting them
Origin and Etymology of lapidary
Latin lapidarius of stone, from lapid-, lapis stone
First Known Use: 1724
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