- Also lap·i·dist [lap-i-dist] /ˈlæp ɪ dɪst/. a worker who cuts, polishes, and engraves precious stones.
- Also la·pid·ar·ist [luh-pid-er-ist] /ləˈpɪd ər ɪst/. an expert in precious stones and the art or techniques used in cutting and engraving them.
- the art of cutting, polishing, and engraving precious stones.
- an old book on the lore of gems.
- of or relating to the cutting or engraving of precious stones.
- characterized by an exactitude and extreme refinement that suggests gem cutting: a lapidary style; lapidary verse.
- of, relating to, or suggestive of inscriptions on stone monuments.
Origin of lapidary
- a person whose business is to cut, polish, set, or deal in gemstones
- of or relating to gemstones or the work of a lapidary
- Also: lapidarian (ˌlæpɪˈdɛərɪən) engraved, cut, or inscribed in a stone or gemstone
- of sufficiently high quality to be engraved on a stonea lapidary inscription
Word Origin and History for lapidist
"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.