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
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Contemporary Examples of lapidary
Historical Examples of lapidary
Man's mind is like a diamond, and experience is the lapidary.William Shakespeare
Samuel Levy Bensusan
I ought to have set it in silver, but was always afraid to trust it to a lapidary.Hortus Inclusus
The goldsmith and the lapidary would do well to seek in them models and instruction.The Insect
Topazes are not scarce enough to be much valued by the lapidary.
A lapidary is a cutter, polisher, or engraver of precious stones.Natural Gemstones
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.