Definition of lapidary adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    lapidary

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈlæpɪdəri//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæpɪderi//
     
     
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  1. 1(formal) (especially of written language) elegant and exact synonym concise in lapidary style
  2. 2(specialist) connected with stones and the work of cutting and polishing them
  3. Word Origin Middle English (as a noun): from Latin lapidarius (in late Latin ‘stonecutter’), from lapis, lapid- ‘stone’. The adjective dates from the early 18th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lapidary