stone·​cut·​ter | \ ˈstōn-ˌkə-tər How to pronounce stonecutter (audio) \

Definition of stonecutter

1 : one that cuts, carves, or dresses stone
2 : a machine for dressing stone

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Other Words from stonecutter

stonecutting \ ˈstōn-​ˌkə-​tiŋ How to pronounce stonecutter (audio) \ noun

Examples of stonecutter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web San Marino has been a political anomaly, its identity built on standing apart, ever since its founding, according to tradition, in 301 by its namesake, St. Marinus, a stonecutter who settled amid the craggy caves of Monte Titano in the Apennines. New York Times, 2 Apr. 2021 Set in Germany, this ambitious début novel begins in 1229, when a young serf buys his freedom and becomes an apprentice stonecutter, working on the construction of a cathedral. The New Yorker, 1 Mar. 2021 The monument includes a stonecutter with a mallet in hand. Christine Fernando, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Oct. 2020 Socrates, a stonecutter’s son, felt most at home in the agora, or marketplace, of ancient Athens. Eric Weiner, Fortune, 25 Aug. 2020 Amid the destruction, scientists have discovered opportunities to learn where the limestone blocks were quarried, as well as how 13th century stonecutters chose each stone’s placement and the order in which portions of the church were built. Krista Stevens, Longreads, 19 Mar. 2020 With their rock faces still scored with tool marks, the cliffs have an odd immediacy — as if armies of stonecutters could reappear at any moment. Michelle Green, New York Times, 11 Nov. 2019 He was born in nearby Padua and worked as a stonecutter before moving to Vicenza in 1524. Blair Kamin,, 30 July 2019 Laborers lead donkeys and camels with loads of building material to the site, while stonecutters and masons climb the wall and occasionally suffer falls and other mishaps. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 10 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of stonecutter

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Stonecutter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stonecutter

US : a person who cuts or carves stone

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