Definition of glyptic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡlɪptɪk/


Of or concerning carving or engraving.
Example sentences
  • In Naples, Sir William Hamilton collected an extraordinary range of vases, bronze and marble statuary, glass, gems, jewellery, and glyptic art.
  • These statues are generally unlike images in two-dimensional narrative art, whether political or religious, and they are also unlike images of deities or super-natural beings known primarily from the glyptic arts.
  • Pompadour was herself one of the few eighteenth-century practitioners of this glyptic art.


Early 19th century: from French glyptique or Greek gluptikos, from gluptēs 'carver', from gluphein 'carve'.

Words that rhyme with glyptic

apocalyptic, cryptic, diptych, elliptic, styptic, triptych

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