Definition of glyptic in English:



  • Of or concerning carving or engraving.

    • ‘In Naples, Sir William Hamilton collected an extraordinary range of vases, bronze and marble statuary, glass, gems, jewellery, and glyptic art.’
    • ‘Pompadour was herself one of the few eighteenth-century practitioners of this 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.’
    • ‘We are not talking imperishable masterpieces of the glyptic art.’


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