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
Related Words for lapidarianjagged, craggy, rough, flinty, hard, inflexible, petrified, solid, lapidarian, lithic, pebbly, petrous, rock-ribbed
Examples from the Web for lapidarian
Historical Examples of 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
noun plural -daries
Word Origin for lapidary
"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.