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



    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 OriginMiddle 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