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

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 Born in Columbia, South Carolina, to Italian immigrant parents, who moved to the predominantly Protestant South as his father sought work as a stonecutter and granite quarry worker. Kori Rumore,, 12 Nov. 2021 The son of an immigrant Italian stonecutter, Joseph Bernardin grew up in the South and described himself as twice an outsider because of his heritage and religion. Kori Rumore,, 12 Nov. 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of stonecutter

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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