noun, plural lap·i·dar·ies.
adjective Also lap·i·dar·i·an [lap-i-dair-ee-uh n] /ˌlæp ɪˈdɛər i ən/.
Origin of lapidary
Examples from the Web for lapidarian
The accompanying figure is from the Lapidarian Gallery of the Vatican.
The following, from the Lapidarian Gallery, indicates the trade of a carpenter.
Few English writers have so lapidarian a style of writing as Mrs. Craigie, and few such a capacity for writing epigrams.The Spirit of the Ghetto|Hutchins Hapgood
British Dictionary definitions for lapidarian
noun plural -daries
Word Origin for lapidary
Word Origin and History for lapidarian
"one skilled in working with precious stones," late 14c., from Old French lapidaire (12c.), from Latin lapidarius "stonecutter," originally an adjective "of or working with stone," from lapis (genitive lapidis) "stone." Meaning "a treatise on precious stones" is late 14c. Related: Lapidarist.