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

Examples of stonecutter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Stories of Notre Dame, as Told by Timber and Limestone," 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, "A Nile Journey Guided by 19th-Century Women," 11 Nov. 2019 He was born in nearby Padua and worked as a stonecutter before moving to Vicenza in 1524. Blair Kamin,, "Escape Venice’s tourist crush with a trip to Vicenza, home of great Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio," 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, "Ancient “comic strip” depicts the founding of a Roman city," 10 Oct. 2018 Within four years, nearly 50 more engraved stones surfaced from all over Georgia and North Carolina, mostly by a Georgia stonecutter. Gillian Brockell, Washington Post, "Dismissed as a forgery, could a mysterious stone found near Roanoke’s ‘Lost Colony’ be real?," 5 July 2018 But a skeptical reporter with the Saturday Evening Post, in a devastating 1941 investigative article, unmasked the Georgia stonecutter as a fraud. Mark Thiessen, National Geographic, "Is This Inscribed Stone a Notorious Forgery—or the Answer to America’s Oldest Mystery?," 29 May 2018 Soon after, a Georgia stonecutter found more than three dozen stones, also claiming to have been written by Dare. Mark Thiessen, National Geographic, "Is This Inscribed Stone a Notorious Forgery—or the Answer to America’s Oldest Mystery?," 29 May 2018 The area was once home to Renaissance sculptors and stonecutters who worked in the nearby pietra serena quarries; Boccaccio, Michelangelo, and even Mark Twain have called Settignano home. Emiko Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Road Trip Through Tuscany That's All About the Food," 26 Feb. 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 6 Jul. 2020.

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US : a person who cuts or carves stone

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