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

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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 After the damaged sustained in 1978, the statue’s original sculptor, Heinz Warneke, prepared a cast for a new ear, which was put in place by Vincenzo Palumbo, a master carver who was the head stonecutter at Washington’s National Cathedral. Rob Tornoe,, "Who damaged Penn State's Nittany Lion statue?," 27 Feb. 2018 Guys who wake you up at six with electric stonecutters. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Freedoms for an Age of Nonstop Botherers," 8 Dec. 2017 Educated as a stonecutter by his older brother Joseph, the teenage Martin was taken on as an apprentice by Thomas Ball. Colin Dickey, Longreads, "American Sphinx," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of stonecutter

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stonecutter was in 1540

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English Language Learners Definition of stonecutter

US : a person who cuts or carves stone

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